About the Current Employment Statistics (CES)

Monthly nonfarm job and wage estimates produced under a Federal-State cooperative program between the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and states. The BLS develops the concepts, definitions, and technical procedures used in the preparation of these estimates, which are part of the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey to collect data each month on employment, hours, and earnings from a sample of nonfarm establishments. Industry data are NAICS-based.

Geographic Coverage

Geographic Coverage

  • United States
  • States
  • Metro Areas (MSAs)*
Frequency

Frequency

  • Monthly
  • Annual averages
Timespan

Timespan

  • Not seasonally adjusted: January 2001 - forward
  • Seasonally adjusted: January 1990 - forward*

*Metro-level data are only available for total nonfarm and not at the industry level when using the seasonally adjusted data. Seasonally adjusted wage data are only available at the national level for select industries.

Revisions

Current month estimates may be revised slightly if additional data received in the following month warrants a change and may be revised when new benchmarks are constructed annually. It is generally good to consider the most current month's data preliminary and the preceeding month revised.

Variables

Employment; Average weekly earnings, average weekly hours, average hourly earnings are available for a small number of industries.

Data Sources

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Dataset Characteristics

Establishment-based (physical location of business). Due to rounding, the sum of individual industry items may not equal totals.

Further Reading

A comprehensive, "tell all" source of information on these estimates and other employment estimating programs from the federal government is available in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Handbook of Methods.