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 142,000 businesses and government agencies, representing 689,000 individual worksites.


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Next Release

  • The State Employment and Unemployment data for January 2020 are scheduled to be released on March 16, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
  • The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment data for January 2020 are scheduled to be released on March 20, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

News Releases

December jobless rates down in 11 states, up in 4; payroll jobs up in 3 states


In December 2019, unemployment rates were lower in 11 states, higher in 4 states, and stable in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 3 states and was essentially unchanged in 47 states and the District.
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December jobless rates down over the year in 266 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 45


Jobless rates were lower in December than a year earlier in 266 of the 389 metropolitan areas, higher in 101, and unchanged in 22. Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 45 metropolitan areas over the year and essentially unchanged in 344.
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26 states added jobs from December 2018 to December 2019

From December 2018 to December 2019, 26 states had statistically significant over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment. The largest job gains occurred in Texas (342,800), California (310,300), and Florida (212,000). The largest percentage gains occurred in Utah (3.1 percent), Idaho (2.9 percent), and Arizona (2.8 percent). 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

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