Current Employment Statistics - CES (National)

Each month the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program surveys approximately 144,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 554,000 individual worksites, in order to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls.

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IMPORTANT Effective with the publication of July 2014 first preliminary estimates on August 1, 2014, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program has implemented new sample units into production on a quarterly basis. More information about the CES quarterly sample implementation is available at www.bls.gov/ces/cesqsi.htm.

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Payroll employment increases in August (+142,000); unemployment rate changes little (6.1%)

09/05/2014

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.
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  1. What is the CES Survey?
  2. What data are available from CES?
  3. How does CES define employment?
  4. Are part-time employees counted in the CES survey?
  5. How are production and nonsupervisory employees different from all employees in the CES survey?
  6. Are undocumented immigrants counted in the CES estimate?
  7. How does CES data compare to other programs' data?
  8. Does the CES sample include small firms?
  9. What employment does the CES survey exclude and how does this affect the estimates?
  10. Do the CES hours and earnings estimates include overtime?
  11. What is a seasonally adjusted estimate?
  12. Why are there multiple monthly measures of employment?

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Current Employment Statistics Contacts

Staff members of the Current Employment Statistics are available Monday through Friday 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM EASTERN TIME for your assistance.

Telephone: (202) 691-6555
Fax: (202) 691-6641
If you have a specific CES data question, please contact us via e-mail.

Written inquiries should be directed to:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Current Employment Statistics
Suite 4860
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001

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