NC Commerce

Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Department of Commerce

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What is the difference between Labor Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) employment and Current Employment Statistics (CES) employment?

There are many definitional differences between the LAUS employment estimates and the CES employment estimates. The main difference is that LAUS is a count of people employed by place of residence while CES is an estimate of the number of jobs by place of work. CES covers only nonagricultural employment while LAUS estimates include total employment across all industries and covers others not included in CES such as the self-employed and domestic workers. Although the two series generally follow the same trends, they cannot be directly compared due to the many definitional and methodological differences between them.

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