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 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
July 01, 2015
Jobless rates were lower in May than a year earlier in 346 of the 387 metropolitan areas, higher in 36, and unchanged in 5. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 319 metropolitan areas over the year, down in 63, and unchanged in 5. More...
June 19, 2015
In May, 25 states had over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 9 states and the District of Columbia had decreases, and 16 states had no change. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 37 states and the District, decreased in 12 states, and was unchanged in Montana. More...
Employment, Hours, and Earnings - State and Metro Area
(Current Employment Statistics - CES)
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.