State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings

Each month the Current Employment Statistics program surveys about 143,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 588,000 individual worksites, in order to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions.

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Effective with the July 21,2015 release of June 2015 data, BLS will release new data series: (1) total nonfarm, all employees, 3-month average of the seasonally adjusted over-the-month change, in thousands for all states and selected metro areas, and (2) total private, all employees, 3-month average of the seasonally adjusted over-the-month change, in thousands for all states (at the statewide level only). The new series will be added to the supplemental tables of the Regional and State Employment and Unemployment and Unemployment news releases.

Historical data for the new series will be available back to April 1990 in most cases. For example , these series can be extracted for Alabama statewide using the following Series IDs from LABSTAT, the BLS database:

SMS01000000000000026 Alabama, Statewide, Total nonfarm, all employees, 3-month average change, seasonally adjusted

SMS01000000500000026 Alabama, Statewide, Total private, all employees, 3-month average change, seasonally adjusted

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Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment

July 29, 2015
Jobless rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 351 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 28, and unchanged in 8. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 317 metropolitan areas over the year, down in 61, and unchanged in 9. More...
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Regional and State Employment and Unemployment

July 21, 2015
In June, 21 states and the District of Columbia had over-the-month unemployment rate decreases, 12 states had increases, and 17 states had no change. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 31 states, decreased in 17 states and the District, and was unchanged in 2 states. More...
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  1. How can I receive a copy of the State and Area press release?
  2. Please explain the seasonal adjustment process.
  3. What is the CES definition of employment?
  4. On what basis are the industries in the CES Survey classified?
  5. What kinds of hours and earnings data are available?
  6. How are the data in the Current Employment Statistics Survey collected?
  7. How are estimates in the CES Survey derived?
  8. Why are estimates in the CES Survey benchmarked?
  9. Are CES Estimates Revised? If so, how?
  10. Are CES data subject to administrative mandates?
  11. What distinguishes the CES geographic data from other economic data? Are there potential problems with using the data?
  12. I have a question, but it is not on this list...
  13. I want to learn more about the CES survey; can you provide me with some references so I can explore on my own?

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CES State and Area Contacts

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Current Employment Statistics State and Area program via email or calling (202)691-6559 from 8:30 am through 4:30 pm Eastern Time Monday through Friday.

The cooperating State Employment Security Administrations (SESAs) have labor market information offices which publish and disseminate CES data for their State.

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