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Handbook of Methods Current Employment Statistics - State and Metro Area Overview

Current Employment Statistics - State and Metro Area: Overview

The Current Employment Statistics-State and Area (CES-SA) program produces detailed industry estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings of workers on payrolls. Each month, BLS collects data through the Current Employment Statistics survey, which includes about 131,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 670,000 individual worksites drawn from a sampling frame of unemployment insurance (UI) tax accounts covering roughly 10 million establishments.

CES-SA produces estimates of employment, hours, and earnings for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions.

Quick Facts: Current Employment Statistics - State and Metro Area
Subject areas Employment, Hours, Pay
Key measures
  • All employees employment
  • Production or nonsupervisory employment
  • Average weekly hours
  • Average hourly earnings
  • Average weekly earnings
How the data are obtained Survey of businesses
Classification Geography, Industry
Classification system

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)

Periodicity of data availability Monthly
Geographic detail Metro area, State
Scope Government, Private sector, State and local government
Sample sizes

About 131,000 businesses and government agencies, or approximately 670,000 individual worksites.

Reference Period

Pay period which includes the 12th of the month.

Revision Information

CES State and Area Revisions by State

Key products
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: October 11, 2022