Current Employment Statistics

Overview

The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program provides monthly estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings by industry for New York State, metropolitan areas, and counties outside of metropolitan areas. The monthly estimates are based on a survey of more than 18,000 businesses in New York State. CES data reflect jobs by “place of work” and does not include the self-employed, unpaid family workers, or private household employees. Current estimates are produced monthly and are available for New York State and metropolitan areas back to 1990. 

Seasonally adjusted vs. not seasonally adjusted data: Seasonally adjusted data is only available for New York State and metropolitan areas. It should be used when comparing data from month-to-month. Not seasonally adjusted data are available for New York State, metropolitan areas and counties outside of metropolitan areas. When using not seasonally adjusted data, it is best to compare data over-the-year for the same month.

The dashboard below can be used to explore the data in multiple ways.

  • CES Employment by Industry – Allows you to retrieve data for a single industry based on geography, time period, and seasonal adjustment factor.
  • Build Your Own Query – Create your own dataset for multiple industries based on the industry level, area, time period, and seasonal adjustment factor. This tool allows the user to retrieve data for multiple industries in more than one area.

To learn more about how to use Tableau and download data, check out our guide Tableau Tips for the Web.

Questions regarding the CES estimates or the dashboard should be directed to your local labor market analyst.

Employment by Industry
More Information

For more information concerning Current Employment by Industry, see Technical Notes. For additional information on the various sources of employment data, see comparing sources of employment data.

Seasonally Adjusted Employment Data for New York State and Metro Areas – The set of historical (1990-present) and current month's seasonally adjusted employment data for New York State (by industry) and metro areas (total nonfarm jobs only). All data are from the CES program.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Employment, Hours, and Earnings for New York State, Metro Areas, and Counties – The set of North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) based historical employment, hours, and earnings data for New York State, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and minor counties (outside of MSAs). This data is not seasonally adjusted.

Important Notice: Nonfarm employment estimates for New York State, metropolitan areas and minor areas (counties outside of metropolitan areas)  from April 2020-December 2021 from the monthly Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey were revised as part of the annual benchmarking process, and released on the New York State Department of Labor website on March 10, 2022. Some statewide and sub-state area employment data prior to April 2020 were also revised in order to eliminate series breaks.

Employment estimates for New York State and metropolitan areas are made following sampling procedures and methodologies approved by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Industry employment estimates for counties outside of metropolitan areas (called “minor areas”) are based on a historical trend methodology. BLS regulations require that minor area estimates be presented separately from estimates for New York State and metropolitan areas.