The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program produces detailed industry estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings of workers on payrolls. CES National Estimates produces data for the nation, and CES State and Metro Area produces estimates for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions.
Each month, CES surveys approximately 144,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 697,000 individual worksites.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 199,000 in December, and the unemployment rate
declined to 3.9 percent. Employment continued to trend up in leisure and hospitality,
in professional and business services, in manufacturing, in construction, and in
transportation and warehousing.
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Real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.1 percent in December, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings increased 0.6 percent and CPI-U increased 0.5 percent. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.1 percent over the month.
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