The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program produces detailed industry estimates of employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls. CES State and Metro Area produces data for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions. CES National Estimates produces estimates for the nation.
Each month, CES surveys approximately 149,000 businesses and government agencies, representing 651,000 individual worksites.
- The State Employment and Unemployment data for February 2018 are scheduled
to be released on March 23, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
- The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for February 2018 are
scheduled to be released on April 4, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
Jobless rates were lower in January than a year earlier in 337 of the 388 metropolitan
areas, higher in 39, and unchanged in 12. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 295
metropolitan areas over the year, down in 78, and unchanged in 15.
In January, unemployment rates were lower in 6 states
and the District of Columbia and stable in 44 states.
Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 3 states,
decreased in 1 state, and was essentially unchanged
in 46 states and the District.
Current SAE Economic News Releases
CES National Economic News Releases
CES State and Metro Area Data Access Tips
CES State and Metro Area Published Series—A table displaying the availability, by industry and geographic area, of both seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted data
- Series Report — Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
All SAE Databases
D-1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by State and major
industry, seasonally adjusted (formerly table B-7)
D-2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls in States and
selected areas by major industry (formerly table B-14)
D-3. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by state, selected
metropolitan areas, and metropolitan divisions (formerly table
D-4. Average hours and earnings of production employees
on manufacturing payrolls, by State (formerly table B-19)
D-5. Average hours and earnings of production employees
on manufacturing payrolls in selected states, metropolitan areas, and
metropolitan divisions (formerly table B-20)
D-6. Average hours and earnings of all employees on
private nonfarm payrolls by state and metropolitan area, not seasonally
adjusted (formerly table B-21)
State Release Tables
Metropolitan Area Release Tables
2017 State and Area "Employment and Earnings" Tables by Month
2017 Annual Average Tables
- Employees on nonfarm payrolls in States and selected areas by major industry (PDF) (XLS)
- Employees on nonfarm payrolls by State, selected metropolitan areas, and metropolitan divisions (PDF) (XLS)
- Average hours and earnings of production employees on manufacturing payrolls by State (PDF) (XLS)
- Average hours and earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls by State (PDF) (XLS)
- Monthly Labor Review Articles by CES staff
- Benchmarking the Current Employment Statistics survey: the past, present, and future (PDF 441K)
- Benchmarking the Current Employment Statistics national estimates (PDF 762K)
- Benchmarking the Current Employment Statistics state and area estimates (PDF 1165K)
- Benchmarking the Current Employment Statistics survey: perspectives on current research (PDF 1400K)
- A quarterly benchmarking procedure for the Current Employment Statistics program (PDF 1365K)
- Reconstruction of CES time series: implementing the 2010 OMB metropolitan area delineations (PDF 1009K)
- Current Employment Statistics data and their contributions as key economic indicators (PDF 241k)
- Technology industries helped post-Great Recession jobs grow faster in northern than in southern California (PDF 596K)
- Job growth in the 1990s: a retrospect (PDF 71K)
- Job growth in television: cable versus broadcast (PDF 71K)
- The impact of strikes on current employment statistics (Technical note 45K)
- Book Reviews by CES staff
- Can "bigger" be a roadblock? (PDF 425K)
- Easing the tension: economic growth and our dwindling natural resources (PDF 285K)
- Temp workers, permanent effects: how temps changed the nature of the U.S. workforce (PDF 269K)
- Cutting costs, growing problems: hospital issues in the United States and Canada (PDF 139K)
- Shining a light on the shadow (PDF 143K)
- Reforms in education: the challenges in Michigan (and elsewhere) (PDF 138K)
- Life on the border of Mexico (PDF 156K)
- No time to play in the USA? (PDF 143K)
- Technical Notes
- CES Report Forms for Establishments
- Related Research
- Reliability of State and Area Estimates --Notes on variance and benchmark revisions; and standard errors associated with 1-, 3-, and 12-month changes for employment estimates.
- Current Benchmark Information
- Hurricanes Irma and Maria and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands payroll data.
- Effective with the release of the January 2017 data on March 13, 2017, CES State and Area began publishing improved sample variance estimates through the use of Generalized Variance Functions. Current measures of variance can be found at www.bls.gov/sae/790stderr.htm.
- BLS recently discovered errors in metropolitan area and division hours and earnings series. Data for the affected series have been suppressed from October 2012 through November 2016. A detailed list of the suppressions is available at www.bls.gov/sae/saesup2016.htm.
- Recently, the Current Employment Statistics program celebrated its 100th birthday with a symposium. Click here to watch Alan Greenspan, Jared Bernstein, and Kevin Hassett discuss one of the world's most-watched economic datasets.
- The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), used by BLS and other statistical agencies to classify industry statistics, is periodically revised. The next NAICS revision is scheduled for 2017. A notice was published in the Federal Register on August 4, 2015, to describe the proposed 2017 changes to NAICS and to invite public comment. Additional information about the use of NAICS at BLS is available at the Bureau's NAICS webpage.
- The Joint Explanatory Statement that accompanied the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, included language directing the BLS to conduct a review of the methodology used in the collection and reporting of CES survey data for Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The BLS response to Congress is available at www.bls.gov/sae/cesreport.htm
- Effective with the publication of July 2014 first preliminary estimates on August 18, 2014, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program started implementing new sample units into production on a quarterly basis. More information about the CES quarterly sample implementation is available at www.bls.gov/ces/cesqsi.htm.
- CES State and Area estimates began using 2013 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) area definitions with
the release of the 2014 benchmark in March 2015.
- Effective with the March 17, 2015 release of January 2015 data, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) State and Area survey transitioned from using X 12 ARIMA to X 13 ARIMA SEATS to produce seasonally adjusted series and forecasts of birth/death residuals. For more information about X 13 ARIMA SEATS please visit the U.S. Census Bureau website at https://www.census.gov/srd/www/x13as/.
- Notice of Changes to the CES Small Domain Model on March 18, 2013
- Changes to Procedures for Producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State Estimates
- Changes to CES State and Area data access with release of data on March 10, 2010
- Notice of Series Changes Required to Standardize Government Residual Series Across All States
- List of Published State and Metropolitan Area Series
- Effects of Hurricane Katrina on BLS Data Collection and Estimation
- Details and Documentation on the Conversion to the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) from 2002 NAICS
Other BLS Programs
- Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey (National)--monthly national data by detailed industry on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on the payrolls of nonfarm establishments.
- Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages --comprehensive employment and wage data by industry and geographic area for workers covered by State Unemployment Insurance laws.
- Local Area Unemployment Statistics--monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
- Sources of BLS Employment Data
Other Useful Links
CES State and Area Contacts
Further information may be obtained by contacting the Current
Employment Statistics State and Area program via email
or calling (202)691-6559 from
8:30 am through 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
The cooperating State Employment Security Administrations (SESAs) have labor market
information offices which publish and disseminate CES data for their