On May 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its monthly news release on state employment and unemployment for April 2020. 

The data is produced by the BLS' Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), part of the State and Metro Area Employment, Hours, & Earnings program, and is regarded as the most reliable current data on employment changes.

The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for April 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).

The next State Employment and Unemployment news release for May 2020 is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 19, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).

Highlights from the Current State Release

Unemployment rates were higher in April in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Similarly, all 50 states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier. The national unemployment rate rose by 10.3 percentage points over the month to 14.7 percent, and was 11.1 points higher than in April 2019.

Nonfarm payroll employment decreased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in April 2020. Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in all 50 states and the District.

Sources of LAUS Data

This news release presents statistics from two monthly programs.

  1. The civilian labor force and unemployment data are modeled based largely on a survey of households. These data pertain to individuals by where they reside.
  2. The employment data are from an establishment survey that measures nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings by industry. These data pertain to jobs on payrolls defined by where the establishments are located.

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