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The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces estimates of civilian labor force, total employment, unemployment and unemployment rates by place of residence. Monthly tables include estimates for the current month, previous month and the current month a year ago. Annual tables include both monthly data and calendar year averages. Seasonally adjusted estimates are available for the state and selected sub-state areas.


All persons who had no employment, were available for work, except for temporary illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment some time during the past four weeks. Persons who were waiting to be reemployed to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been looking for work to be classified as unemployed.

Unemployment Rate

The unemployed percent of the civilian labor force [i.e., 100 times (unemployed/civilian labor force)].

Labor  Force

All persons in the civilian non-institutional population ages 16 and older classified as either employed or unemployed.



All persons who:

  • Did any work as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family.
  • Were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity or paternity leave, labor-management dispute, job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs.
  • Each employed person is counted only once, even if he or she holds more than one job.