Industry data is collected through the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey. The CES program measures non-farm wage and salary employment. Estimates are produced for the States and Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Arizona also provides unofficial estimates for counties. Farm employment, private household employment, and self-employment are excluded. The program publishes estimates for various industries, based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
Estimates are based on a survey of government and business, often referred to as the establishment survey. Estimates are released monthly. Revisions are made the following month and a benchmark revision is made at the end of each year.
Labor Force Data
Labor Force data is collected through the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) survey. The LAUS program measures employment, unemployment, the labor force and the unemployment rate. Estimates are produced for the states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas, counties, and cities with population over 25,000. Arizona also provides unofficial estimates for smaller cities. The program only considers people who are actively looking for work as unemployed. Self-employed people are included in the employment estimates.
The principal source of information for the LAUS program is the Current Population Survey, also known as the household survey. However, the employment estimates are not direct survey estimates, but are produced by a model that also considers information about unemployment insurance claims and estimated current employment. Estimates are released monthly. Revisions are made the following month and a benchmark revision is made at the end of each year.
Occupational data is collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey. The OES program measures the number of people employed in each occupation and also provides information about their wages. Estimates are produced for the states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), and non-metropolitan areas. Arizona also provides unofficial estimates for counties. Employment estimates exclude people who are self-employed. Occupations are classified according to the Standard Occupational Classification system (SOC).
Information about occupations is collected in a semi-annual survey of establishments. Estimates are released annually and are based on the previous three years of survey data. Wage information for the first two years is adjusted for inflation based on information from the National Compensation Survey.