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March 2010

New all-employee hours and earnings from the CES survey

Angie Clinton, John A. Coughlan, Brian Dahlin

The Current Employment Statistics (CES) Survey, also known as the establishment survey, has long been regarded as a primary source of average hourly earnings and hours paid for private-sector workers in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) first produced estimates of hours and earnings for production workers in 1909. The early data focused on earnings in manufacturing industries, but hours and employment data also were produced.

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