The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program produces detailed industry estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings of workers on payrolls. CES National Estimates produces data for the nation, and CES State and Metro Area produces estimates for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions.
Each month, CES surveys approximately 145,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 697,000 individual worksites.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 916,000 in March, and the unemployment
rate edged down to 6.0 percent. These improvements in the labor market reflect
the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to
COVID-19. Job growth was widespread in March.
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Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.8 percent over the month in March, seasonally adjusted. Average hourly earnings decreased 0.1 percent and CPI-U increased 0.6 percent. Real average weekly earnings increased 0.1 percent over the month.
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