Government of the Virgin Islands of the United States

Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Report (QCEW) Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) Current Employment Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

The Current Employment Statistics (CES or BLS-790) program is a monthly payroll survey of business establishments. The survey is designed to collect data on employment, hours, and earnings from a sample of establishments in all nonagricultural activities. The sample includes over 390000 reporting units. CES data elements include total employment, production or non-supervisory employment, female employment, average hourly earnings, average weekly hours, average weekly earnings and average overtime hours (in manufacturing). The data is available for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and most metropolitan areas. The data is seasonally adjusted for all states and the District of Columbia.

CES data appear in the monthly BLS publications Employment and Earnings and the Monthly Labor Review. The data are also disseminated through publications of other federal agencies such as the Department of Commerce, the Council of Economic Advisors and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. CES data, along with the results of the Current Population Survey, form the basis of the BLS Commissioner's monthly testimony on the employment situation to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

Researchers in labor and industry use CES data in a variety of ways. The average weekly hours series is used as a leading economic indicator of trends in the business cycle. Industrial growth and progress may be assessed by using the employment and hours series in conjunction with other data to yield measures of productivity.


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