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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 94.1(p) in Oct 2021 Historical Data

All MSAs Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 77.3(p) in Oct 2021 Historical Data

News Releases

October jobless rates down in 28 states; payroll jobs up in 25 states


In October, unemployment rates were lower in 28 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 22 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 25 states and the District and was essentially unchanged in 25 states.
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October jobless rates down over the year in 386 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 96


Jobless rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 386 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 1, and unchanged in 2. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 96 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 293.
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Next Release

The State Employment and Unemployment data for November 2021 are scheduled to be released on December 17, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for November 2021 are scheduled to be released on December 30, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.


The Economics Daily

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Employment up 364,100 over the year in Los Angeles metro area

Among the nation's metropolitan areas, the largest increases in nonfarm employment from September 2020 to September 2021 occurred in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California (+364,100), New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania (+260,600), and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (+196,700) and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (+148,100) both in Texas. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Manufacturing employment in the Southeast: examining the last 30 years

U.S. manufacturing has been in decline for the last forty years, bringing real economic impact. This paper examines the Southern region experience. Variation in rate of decline and industry evolution are shown across states. The important transportation equipment manufacturing industry is explored in more detail. The overall takeaway is that manufacturing looks different across the Southeast. 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.