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State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings

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 144,000 businesses and government agencies, representing 697,000 individual worksites.


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Latest Numbers


All States Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 60.8(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

All MSAs Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 61.6(p) in Aug 2021 Historical Data

News Releases

August jobless rates down in 15 states; payroll jobs up in 11 states, down in 3


In August, unemployment rates were lower in 15 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 35 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 11 states, decreased in 3 states, and was essentially unchanged in 36 states and the District.
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August jobless rates down over the year in 385 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 104


Jobless rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 385 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 3, and unchanged in 1. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 104 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 285.
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Next Release

The State Employment and Unemployment data for September 2021 are scheduled to be released on October 22, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for September 2021 are scheduled to be released on November 3, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.


The Economics Daily

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Metropolitan area employment down in 232 areas over the year ending December 2020

From December 2019 to December 2020, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 232 metropolitan areas, increased in 2 areas, and was essentially unchanged in 155 areas. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Examining industry composition effects in state employment

Did an industry composition effect slow the recovery of Alabama, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Wyoming following the Great Recession? read more »

State and Area Resources

Click a state on the map for economic summaries produced by BLS Regional Information Offices.

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National Data

Click on the map for National Employment, Hours and Earnings.