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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 80.4(p) in Sep 2020 Historical Data

All MSAs Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 63.8(p) in Sep 2020 Historical Data

Next Release

  • The State Employment and Unemployment data for October 2020 are scheduled to be released on November 20, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for September 2020 are scheduled to be released on October 28, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

News Releases

Sept. jobless rates down in 30 states, up in 8; payroll jobs up in 30 states, down in 3


In September, unemployment rates were lower in 30 states, higher in 8 states, and stable in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 30 states, decreased in 3 states, and was essentially unchanged in 17 states and the District.
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August jobless rates up over the year in 387 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs down in 254


Jobless rates were higher in August than a year earlier in 387 of the 389 metropolitan areas and lower in 2. Nonfarm payroll employment was down in 254 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 135.
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The Economics Daily

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Employment decreases in 254 metropolitan areas from August 2019 to August 2020

From August 2019 to August 2020, 254 metropolitan areas had decreases in nonfarm payroll employment. Employment was essentially unchanged in 135 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.