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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 Jul 2021 Historical Data

All MSAs Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 80.4(p) in Jul 2021 Historical Data

News Releases

July jobless rates down in 17 states; payroll jobs up in 38 states


In July, unemployment rates were lower in 17 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 33 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 38 states and the District and was essentially unchanged in 12 states.
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July jobless rates down over the year in 388 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 142


Jobless rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 388 of the 389 metropolitan areas and higher in 1. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 142 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 247.
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Next Release

The State Employment and Unemployment data for August 2021 are scheduled to be released on September 17, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for August 2021 are scheduled to be released on September 29, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.


The Economics Daily

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Metropolitan area employment down in 232 areas over the year ending December 2020

From December 2019 to December 2020, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 232 metropolitan areas, increased in 2 areas, and was essentially unchanged in 155 areas. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Examining industry composition effects in state employment

Did an industry composition effect slow the recovery of Alabama, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Wyoming following the Great Recession? 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.