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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 145,000 businesses and government agencies, representing 697,000 individual worksites.


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Latest Numbers


All States Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 58.8(p) in Dec 2020 Historical Data

All MSAs Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 57.0(p) in Dec 2020 Historical Data

News Releases

Dec. jobless rates down in 19 states, up in 12; payroll jobs up in 15 states, down in 11


In December, unemployment rates were lower in 19 states, higher in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and stable in 19 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 15 states, decreased in 11 states, and was essentially unchanged in 24 states and the District.
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Dec. jobless rates up over the year in 379 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs down in 232


Jobless rates were higher in December than a year earlier in 379 of the 389 metropolitan areas, lower in 7, and unchanged in 3. Nonfarm payroll employment was down in 232 metropolitan areas over the year, up in 2, and essentially unchanged in 155.
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Next Release

The State Employment and Unemployment data for January 2021 are scheduled to be released on March 15, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for January 2021 are scheduled to be released on March 19, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.


The Economics Daily

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251 out of 389 metropolitan areas had decreases in employment for the year ended September 2020

In September 2020, 251 metropolitan areas had over-the-year decreases in nonfarm payroll employment and 138 were essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year percentage losses in employment occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (−29.6 percent), Lake Charles, Louisiana (−19.6 percent), and Ocean City, New Jersey (−18.3 percent). There were no significant job gains over this period. 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.