Labor Market Information FAQs - BLS Statistical Programs

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The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program estimates nonagricultural employment by industry based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). These estimates represent jobs by place of work and are generated from a monthly survey of businesses in California. For further information about the CES program, visit the BLS CES page.

The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces estimates of civilian labor force, total employment, unemployment, and unemployment rates by place of residence. Each month EDD Labor Market Information Division releases Monthly estimates. For further information about the LAUS Program, visit the BLS LAUS page.

The OEWS survey collects data on occupational employment and wages of employees in nonfarm establishments. It produces estimates of occupational employment and occupational wages. For further information about the OEWS Program, visit the OEWS FAQ page.

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program derives data from quarterly tax reports submitted to the State of California by employers subject to state Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws. These reports provide information on the number of people employed and the wages paid to the employees each quarter. The QCEW/ES-202 program obtains information on the location and industrial activity of each reported establishment, and assigns location and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. These data are then aggregated by industry and geographic area and published according to state and federal confidentiality guidelines. For further information about the QCEW Program, visit the QCEW FAQ page. For information on completing the Multiple Worksite Report (MWR) please visit the MWR FAQ page.

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