Each month the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program surveys approximately 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.

Employment data for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions are available.

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  • IMPORTANT Recently, the Current Employment Statistics program celebrated its 100th birthday with a symposium. Click here to watch Alan Greenspan, Jared Bernstein, and Kevin Hassett discuss one of the world’s most-watched economic datasets.
  • IMPORTANT CES Benchmark Announcement
  • IMPORTANT With the release of January 2016 data on February 5, 2016, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program implemented publication changes. Most of these changes were related to the annual sample review, but others were due to the publication of additional employment data with the first preliminary release of monthly estimates. More information on these changes can be found at http://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cesnewseries.htm.
  • IMPORTANT All employee hours and earnings data and related series from March 2006 through February 2009 for total private, private service-providing, education and health, membership organizations and other services were suppressed due to a data processing error introduced during the 2009 benchmark. Corrected data was made available on February 5, 2016. For more information, please see: www.bls.gov/ces/cesaeppfix.htm.

Next Releases:

  • The Employment Situation for May 2016 is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2016, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • Real Earnings for April 2016 is scheduled to be released on May 17, 2016, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

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Payroll employment increases by 160,000 in April; unemployment rate unchanged at 5.0%

05/06/2016

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 160,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0 percent. Employment increased in professional and business services, health care, and financial activities. Job losses continued in mining.
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CES Special Notices

    • IMPORTANT Recently, the Current Employment Statistics program celebrated its 100th birthday with a symposium. Click here to watch Alan Greenspan, Jared Bernstein, and Kevin Hassett discuss one of the world’s most-watched economic datasets.
    • IMPORTANT CES Benchmark Announcement
    • IMPORTANT With the release of January 2016 data on February 5, 2016, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program implemented publication changes. Most of these changes were related to the annual sample review, but others were due to the publication of additional employment data with the first preliminary release of monthly estimates. More information on these changes can be found at http://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cesnewseries.htm.
    • IMPORTANT All employee hours and earnings data and related series from March 2006 through February 2009 for total private, private service-providing, education and health, membership organizations and other services were suppressed due to a data processing error introduced during the 2009 benchmark. Corrected data was made available on February 5, 2016. For more information, please see: www.bls.gov/ces/cesaeppfix.htm.
    • IMPORTANT The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), used by BLS and other statistical agencies to classify industry statistics, is periodically revised. The next NAICS revision is scheduled for 2017. A notice was published in the Federal Register on August 4, 2015, to describe the proposed 2017 changes to NAICS and to invite public comment. Additional information about the use of NAICS at BLS is available at the Bureau's NAICS webpage.
    • IMPORTANT The Joint Explanatory Statement that accompanied the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, included language directing the BLS to conduct a review of the methodology used in the collection and reporting of CES survey data for Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The BLS response to Congress is available at http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesreport.htm.
    • Effective with the publication of July 2014 first preliminary estimates on August 1, 2014, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program will implement new sample units into production on a quarterly basis. More information about the CES quarterly sample implementation is available at www.bls.gov/ces/cesqsi.htm.
    • Experimental Size Class Employment, Hours, and Earnings Series from the Current Employment Statistics Survey
    • Redesigned CES Tables for Employment and Earnings Online
    • Effects of the Gulf Oil Spill on CES Employment Estimates
    • Employment from the BLS household and payroll surveys: summary of recent trends (PDF)

 

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Current Employment Statistics Contacts

Staff members of the Current Employment Statistics are available Monday through Friday 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM EASTERN TIME for your assistance.

Telephone: (202) 691-6555
Fax: (202) 691-6641
If you have a specific CES data question, please contact us via e-mail.

Written inquiries should be directed to:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Division of Current Employment Statistics
Suite 4860
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001