State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings

Each month the Current Employment Statistics program surveys about 146,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 623,000 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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March jobless rates down over the year in 270 of 387 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 332


Jobless rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 270 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 98, and unchanged in 19. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 332 metropolitan areas over the year, down in 51, and unchanged in 4.

March jobless rates down in 21 states, up in 15; payroll jobs up in 37 states, down in 12


In March, 21 states had over-the-month unemployment rate decreases, 15 states had increases, and 14 states and the District of Columbia had no change. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states, decreased in 12 states and the District, and was unchanged in South Dakota.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  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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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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