Employment and Unemployment

Few economic data are as closely watched as measures of employment and unemployment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides a broad range of statistics covering jobs and joblessness.

DOL Web Pages on This Topic

National Employment Data Monthly survey of the payroll records of business establishments provides data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers at the national level.

State and Local Employment Data Monthly estimates of employment, hours, and earnings for individual states and metropolitan areas from the survey of business establishments.

State and Local Unemployment Data Monthly estimates of employment and unemployment for all states, metropolitan areas, small labor market areas, counties, cities of 25,000 or more, all cities and towns in New England, and certain other areas.

Mass Layoff Statistics Monthly reports on all mass layoffs and quarterly reports on layoffs lasting more than 30 days.

Unemployment Insurance Data & Statistics Unemployment insurance information from the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, including weekly claims data, projections, and annual state taxable wage bases and rates.

Employment Projections Estimates of the labor market 10 years into the future and other career information.

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Monthly establishment survey producing data on job openings, hires, and separations.

Occupational Employment Statistics Employment and wage estimates for over 700 occupations.

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey A monthly survey of households that provides a comprehensive body of data on the labor force, employment, unemployment, and persons not in the labor force.

International Labor ComparisonsUnemployment, employment, and labor force indicators for the United States and select foreign countries.