The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
The concepts and definitions underlying LAUS data come from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the household survey that is the official measure of the labor force for the nation. State monthly model estimates are controlled in "real time" to sum to national monthly labor force estimates from the CPS. These models combine current and historical data from the CPS, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program, and state unemployment insurance (UI) systems.
The tables presented below include data from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program for census regions and divisions, states, and metropolitan areas and divisions. For more information about the data concepts, methodology, and reliabilty of the estimates, please see the documentation provided on the LAUS Web site and in the Regional and State news release Technical Note or the Metropolitan Area news release Technical Note.
Last Modified Date: October 21, 2014