Current Employment Statistics - CES (National)

The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program produces detailed industry estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings of workers on payrolls. CES National Estimates produces data for the nation, and CES State and Metro Area produces estimates for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions.

Each month, CES surveys approximately 145,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 697,000 individual worksites.

Notices

  • 2020 CES Preliminary Benchmark Revision Read More »
  • The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Employment Situation for July 2020 Read More »
  • BLS modified the Current Employment Statistics net birth-death model in order to reflect changes in the relationship between business births and deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More »

Charts

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Next Release

  • The Employment Situation for August 2020 is scheduled to be released on September 4, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • Real Earnings for August 2020 is scheduled to be released on September 11, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
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News Releases

Nonfarm payroll employment rises by 1.8 million in July; unemployment rate falls to 10.2%

08/07/2020

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.8 million in July, and the unemployment rate fell to 10.2 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Real average hourly earnings decrease 0.4% over the month in July

08/12/2020

Real average hourly earnings decreased 0.4 percent over the month in July, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.2 percent and CPI-U increased 0.6 percent. Real average weekly earnings decreased 0.6 percent over the month.
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Publications

The Economics Daily

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Leisure and hospitality gains 592,000 jobs in July 2020, about one-third of total nonfarm job gains

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.8 million in July 2020, less than the increases of 4.8 million in June and 2.7 million in May. In July, nonfarm employment was lower than its February level by 12.9 million. Employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 592,000, accounting for about one-third of the gain in total nonfarm employment in July. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Geographic impact of COVID-19 in BLS surveys by industry

The local spread of coronavirus-19 has disproportionally affected employment across industries. read more »

Beyond the Numbers

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The 2020 census and CES employment

This Beyond the Numbers article describes how census workers affect CES employment estimates. Typically, a mass movement of workers onto—and then off of—the Census Bureau payroll occurs around the turn of every decade. read more »

Latest Numbers

RSS

Change in Total Nonfarm Payroll Employment: +1,763,000(p) in Jul 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: +$0.07(p) in Jul 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Average Weekly Hours for All Employees: -0.1(p) in Jul 2020 Historical Data

Percent change in Total Private Aggregate Weekly Hours for All Employees: +1.0%(p) in Jul 2020 Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Hours for All Employees: +0.7(p) in Jul 2020 Historical Data

Change in Manufacturing Average Weekly Overtime for All Employees: +0.3(p) in Jul 2020 Historical Data

Change in Total Private Real Average Hourly Earnings for All Employees: -$0.04(p) in Jul 2020 Historical Data

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