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 142,000 businesses and government agencies, representing 689,000 individual worksites.



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Next Release

  • The State Employment and Unemployment data for October 2019 are scheduled to be released on November 19, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for September 2019 are scheduled to be released on October 30, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

News Releases

September jobless rates down in 7 states, up in 4; payroll jobs up in 3 states, down in 2


In September, unemployment rates were lower in 7 states, higher in 4 states, and stable in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 3 states, decreased in 2, and was essentially unchanged in 45 states and the District.
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August jobless rates down over the year in 224 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 52


Jobless rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 224 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 132, and unchanged in 33. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 52 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 337.
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The Economics Daily

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Ocean City, New Jersey, employment up 7.0 percent over the year ended August 2019

In August 2019, 52 metropolitan areas had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 337 were essentially unchanged. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Benchmarking the Current Employment Statistics state and area estimates

This article looks at the Current Employment Statistics survey and the benchmark method that BLS uses for state and metropolitan estimates. 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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