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FASH420: Assortment Planning, Sourcing and Buying

County Unemployment Rates

Current Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Current Employment Statistics

"Each month the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program surveys about 141,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 486,000 individual worksites, in order to provide detailed industry data on employment, hours, and earnings of workers on nonfarm payrolls."

Unemployment Rates

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issues local area unemployment data. Look at the numbers for the state, counties and the two metropolitan areas associated with Washington Baltimore Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area (CSA).

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metropolitan Statistical Area
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issues Economic News Releases. This one relates to Metropolitan Area data on employment and unemployment. Mouse over the other tabs at the top of the BLS web page for information on other topics.

Income, Poverty, Health Coverage Report

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2015 (and previous years)

Do a Control F (Find Command) and search for the word "South" in the report to obtain data on this region.

Employment/Unemployment in Virginia

State government websites usually offer information on economic conditions, taxes, and other information that is useful to businesses. The Virginia site is

The Virginia Workforce Connection section of contains labor market statistics, such as unemployment rates. Click on the link for Labor Market Information (LMI) Home on the right side of the web page.