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Data Profile: State and Area Employment, Hours, and Earnings
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State and Area Employment, Hours, and Earnings
State and Area Employment, Hours, and Earnings data contains estimates of employment, hours, and earnings by industry for all states and most major metropolitan areas. The data are collected by state employment agencies for the Current Employment Statistics (CES) Survey, a monthly survey of business establishments conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Each month state agencies collect data on employment, hours, and earnings from a sample of nearly 400,000 nonfarm establishments, which employ nearly 40 percent of the total nonfarm population. All establishments with 250 employees or more are asked to participate in the survey along with a representative sample of smaller establishments. Sample respondents extract the requested data from their payroll records, which must be maintained for a variety of tax and accounting purposes.

Survey responses are used by the state in developing statewide and major metropolitan area estimates. The state also transmits these sample responses and state-developed geographic estimates to BLS. All states' samples are combined to form a collective sample for developing national industry estimates. Statewide samples range from nearly 40,000 sample units in California to about 1,500 units in smaller states.

NOTE: State estimation procedures are designed to produce accurate data for each individual state. BLS develops the national employment series independently. National employment estimates are not equal to the aggregate of state employment estimates.
Employment data include persons on establishment payrolls who receive pay for any part of the pay period, which includes the 12th day of the month, except for Federal Government employment, which represents the number of persons who occupied positions on the last day of the month. Persons are counted at their place of work rather than at their place of residence; those appearing on more than one payroll are counted on each payroll.
The payroll for workers covered by the CES survey is reported before deductions of any kind, e.g., for old-age and unemployment insurance, withholding tax, union dues or retirement plans. Included in the payroll reports is pay for overtime, vacations, holidays and sick leave paid directly by the firm. Bonuses, commissions, and other non-wage cash payments are excluded unless they are earned and paid regularly--at least once a month. Employee benefits paid by the employer, tips, and payments in kind also are excluded.
Total hours during the pay period include all hours worked (including overtime hours) and hours paid for holidays, vacations, and sick leave. The average weekly hours reflects effects of numerous factors such as unpaid absenteeism, labor turnover, part-time work, strikes, and fluctuations in work schedules for economic reasons. Overtime hours in manufacturing are collected where overtime premiums were paid if hours were in excess of the number of straight time hours in a workday or workweek.
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Data Provider AgencyBureau of Labor Statistics
Data Provider OfficeDivision of Current Employment Statistics
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