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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Next Release

  • The State Employment and Unemployment data for March 2020 are scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for March 2020 are scheduled to be released on April 29, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

News Releases

February jobless rates down in 8 states, up in 1; payroll jobs up in 4 states


In February, unemployment rates were lower in 8 states, higher in 1 state, and stable in 41 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 4 states and was essentially unchanged in 46 states and the District.
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February jobless rates down over the year in 277 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 34


Jobless rates were lower in February than a year earlier in 277 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 80, and unchanged in 32. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 34 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 355.
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21 states added jobs from February 2019 to February 2020

From February 2019 to February 2020, 21 states had statistically significant increases in nonfarm payroll employment. The largest percentage gains occurred in Utah (2.9 percent), Washington (2.8 percent), and Arizona (2.7 percent). Employment decreased significantly in West Virginia (−11,000, or −1.5 percent). 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

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