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.


Effective with the March 17, 2015 release of January 2015 data, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) State and Area survey will transition from using X 12 ARIMA to X 13 ARIMA SEATS to produce seasonally adjusted series and forecasts of birth/death residuals. For more information about X 13 ARIMA SEATS please visit the U.S. Census Bureau website at

Historical data will not be revised to be seasonally adjusted using X 13 ARIMA SEATS. The CES State and Area program has researched and tested seasonal adjustment using X 13 ARIMA SEATS, and no differences were observed.


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Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment

April 29, 2015
Jobless rates were lower in March than a year earlier in 358 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 28, and unchanged in 1. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 344 metropolitan areas over the year, down in 41, and unchanged in 2. More...

Regional and State Employment and Unemployment

April 21, 2015
In March, 23 states and the District of Columbia had over-the-month unemployment rate decreases, 12 states had increases, and 15 states had no change. Nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 31 states and the District of Columbia, increased in 18 states, and was unchanged in Idaho. 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?
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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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