Current Employment Statistics (CES)

CES produces payroll job estimates of Illinois' non-farm industries. Monthly files are updated in conjunction with the State and Metro Area Press Releases. Visit the LMI Data Release Schedule​​.
The following job tables and series are available:

CES data for Economic Development Regions (EDRs), Workforce Investment Areas (WIAs), and counties that are not in MSAs are produced by the Economic Information and Analysis division of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Note: Estimates are not official U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. EDRs (Excel), WIAs (Excel), and NonMSACounties (Excel)​​​

Statewide CES data is available in Seasonally Adjusted (SA) form and Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) form. Click here​ for an explanation of the Seasonal Adjustment Methodology.

The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) data are available in Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) series. Seasonally adjusted total nonfarm employment for MSA is available by visiting http://www.bls.gov/sae/#data.



Historic Illinois CES Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) and Seasonally Adjusted (SA) data are available from 1990-1999. 


Monthly Statewide & Metro-Areas NSA Data (1990-1999)(Excel) | Monthly Statewide SA Data (1990-1999)(Excel)​


Changes to Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area Delineations Following the 2010 Census​​ 
The Current Employment Statistics (CES) will begin publishing monthly nonfarm industry employment estimates for 2010-based Metropolitan Areas in March 2015, with the release of January 2015 data. Historical monthly and annual Metropolitan Area nonfarm industry employment estimates will be developed under the 2010-based geographic delineations back to 1990.

View the Illinois Department of Employment Security Employment Situation Press Releases​​.

Production of Current Employment Statistics Data
The production of State and metropolitan area Current Employment Statistics (CES) estimates will transition from State Workforce Agencies to the BLS with the production of preliminary estimates for March 2011. Concurrent with this transition, the BLS will implement several methodological changes to standardize the estimation approach across States. While these changes will reduce the potential for statistical bias in state and metropolitan area estimates, they may increase the month to month variability of the estimates. More detailed information on the changes to procedures for producing CES estimates is available on the BLS Web site at http://www.bls.gov/sae/cesprocs.htm.​