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Major Areas, Current Employment Estimates

Employment by Industry

Current Month's Data

(With over-the-month and over-the-year changes)

Historical Estimates

Seasonally Adjusted Employment Data for New York State and Metro Areas - Excel spreadsheet with historic (1990-present) and current month's employment data for New York State (by industry) and metro areas (total nonfarm jobs only). All data are from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey.

Important Notice
Nonfarm employment estimates for New York State and metropolitan areas from April 2012-December 2013 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 web site on March 6, 2014. Some statewide and sub-state area data prior to April 2012 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.

Questions regarding the revised employment estimates should be directed to your local labor market analyst.

Nonfarm employment estimates--by place of work--provide the most up-to-date employment estimates available by industry. Estimates are based on the monthly Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey of over 18,000 businesses, which uses probability sampling methodology and is based on the NAICS classification system. Industry employment figures are available for New York State, metropolitan areas and counties outside of metropolitan areas. Current estimates are developed and distributed monthly. Historic NAICS-based employment data for major areas are available back to 1990.

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.

The entire set of currently available historical NAICS-based jobs data for New York State, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and minor counties (outside of MSAs) is available by downloading the file, ces.zip. This compressed archive consists of a layout file (readme.txt) and the following comma-separated-value (CSV) data files:

Historical NAICS-Based Job Data
File Name Description
ces_naics.txt Jobs data for New York State and MSAs
ces_minor.txt Jobs data for minor counties
ces_earnings.txt Average weekly earnings by industry (statewide only) of:
  • all workers
  • production workers
ces_hourearn.txt Average hourly earnings by industry (statewide only) of:
  • all workers
  • production workers
ces_hours.txt Average weekly hours by industry (statewide only) of:
  • all workers
  • production workers

All files can be uncompressed with either the winzip or pkunzip utility programs.

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