Each year, Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates are benchmarked to comprehensive counts of employment from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). These counts are derived from state unemployment insurance (UI) tax records that nearly all employers are required to file. As part of the benchmark process for benchmark year 2023, census-derived employment counts replace CES payroll employment estimates for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions for the period from April 2022 to September 2023.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release first-quarter 2023 data from the QCEW on August 23, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (ET). Preliminary benchmark revisions for March 2023 for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and selected metropolitan areas at the total nonfarm level will be made available shortly thereafter at www.bls.gov/sae/publications/preliminary-benchmark-announcement.htm. The final benchmark revision for all state and metropolitan area series will be issued with the publication of the January 2024 State Employment and Unemployment news release in March 2024.