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 142,000 businesses and government agencies, representing 689,000 individual worksites.



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Next Release

  • The State Employment and Unemployment data for January 2020 are scheduled to be released on March 16, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for January 2020 are scheduled to be released on March 20, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

News Releases

December jobless rates down in 11 states, up in 4; payroll jobs up in 3 states


In December 2019, unemployment rates were lower in 11 states, higher in 4 states, and stable in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 3 states and was essentially unchanged in 47 states and the District.
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December jobless rates down over the year in 266 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 45


Jobless rates were lower in December than a year earlier in 266 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 101, and unchanged in 22. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 45 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 344.
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The Economics Daily

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Ocean City, New Jersey, employment up 7.0 percent over the year ended August 2019

In August 2019, 52 metropolitan areas had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 337 were essentially unchanged. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Benchmarking the Current Employment Statistics state and area estimates

This article looks at the Current Employment Statistics survey and the benchmark method that BLS uses for state and metropolitan estimates. 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.