Each year, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey estimates are benchmarked to comprehensive totals of employment from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) for the month of March. These totals are derived from state unemployment insurance (UI) tax records that nearly all employers are required to file. On August 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release the preliminary estimate of the upcoming annual benchmark revision to the establishment survey employment series. This is the same day that the First Quarter 2020 data from QCEW will be issued. Preliminary benchmark revisions for all major industry sectors, as well as total nonfarm and total private levels, will be available at this web address.
The final benchmark revision will be issued with the publication of the January 2021 Employment Situation news release in February 2021.
Last Modified Date: July 2, 2020