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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 84.3(p) in Nov 2021 Historical Data

All MSAs Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 74.2(p) in Nov 2021 Historical Data

News Releases

November jobless rates down in 40 states; payroll jobs up in 16 states


In November, unemployment rates were lower in 40 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 10 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 16 states and was essentially unchanged in 34 states and the District.
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November jobless rates down over the year in all 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 100


Jobless rates were lower in November than a year earlier in all 389 metropolitan areas. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 100 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 289.
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Next Release

The State Employment and Unemployment data for December 2021 are scheduled to be released on January 25, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for December 2021 are scheduled to be released on February 2, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.


The Economics Daily

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Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 96 metropolitan areas in the year ended October 2021

In October 2021, 96 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 293 were essentially unchanged. 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.