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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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Employment increased in 104 out of 389 metropolitan areas for the year ended August 2021

For the year ended August 2021, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 104 out of 389 metropolitan areas, while employment for the remaining 285 areas was essentially unchanged. The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (+22.5 percent), Ocean City, New Jersey (+20.0 percent), and Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (+10.3 percent). 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.