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State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings

The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program produces detailed industry estimates of employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls. CES State and Metro Area produces data for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions. CES National Estimates produces estimates for the nation.

Each month, CES surveys approximately 122,000 businesses and government agencies, representing 666,000 individual worksites.


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Latest Numbers


All States Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 89.2(p) in Feb 2023 Historical Data

All MSAs Diffusion Index, 1-month, total nonfarm 66.8(p) in Feb 2023 Historical Data

News Releases

February jobless rates down in 9 states, up in 3; payroll jobs up in 6 states


In February, unemployment rates were lower in 9 states, higher in 3 states and the District of Columbia, and stable in 38 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 6 states and was essentially unchanged in 44 states and the District.
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January jobless rates down over the year in 297 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 135


Jobless rates were lower in January than a year earlier in 297 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 73, and unchanged in 19. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 135 metropolitan areas and was essentially unchanged in 254.
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Next Release

The State Employment and Unemployment data for March 2023 are scheduled to be released on April 21, 2023, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for February 2023 are scheduled to be released on April 5, 2023, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.


The Economics Daily

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Employment up 5.9 percent in Charleston and Dallas metro areas, December 2021 to December 2022

From December 2021 to December 2022, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 81 metropolitan areas and was essentially unchanged in 308 areas. The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina, and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (+5.9 percent each), followed by Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (+5.8 percent). Five other metropolitan areas also had over-the-year employment increases of at least 5.0 percent. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Western manufacturing employment: trends and peaks over 30 years

This article examines manufacturing employment trends in the U.S. Western region between 1990 and 2019. read more »

State and Area Resources

Click a state on the map for economic summaries produced by BLS Regional Information Offices.

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National Data

Click on the map for National Employment, Hours and Earnings.