The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program publishes a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering 98 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.
NEW As of June 2, 2015, the QCEW Data Viewer includes over-the-year level and percent changes for third-month employment and average weekly wages. Table options have been expanded to include multi-year QCEW data by area and industry, and by establishment size class. Size data are available for the first quarter of each year.
NEW QCEW CSV Files Updated with Over-the-Year Changes
QCEW NAICS data CSV files for the years 1975-2014 were updated on June 2nd to include pre-calculated over-the-year level and percent change fields. The legacy format ENB/END files and the SIC history files were not part of this update. The new QCEW over-the-year change fields are available from the Open Data Access files and from the CSV files on the QCEW Data Files page. Over-the-year change fields for third-month employment and average weekly wage are also available from the State and County Map application.
NEW As of January 8, 2015, the QCEW Data Viewer includes employment and wages location quotients in all tables. Table options have been expanded to include QCEW data by establishment size class. Size data are available for the first quarter of each year.
NEW QCEW File Formats and Content
Most QCEW NAICS data flat files for the years 1975-2014 were updated on December 9th to include location quotients (LQs). Location quotients compare the concentration of an industry within a specific area to the concentration of that industry nationwide. Location quotients were calculated for each of the data points within these files. The legacy format ENB/END files and the SIC history files were not part of this update.
The new QCEW location quotients are available from the Open Data Access files and from the CSV files on the QCEW Data Files page. Location quotients are also available from the LQ Calculator, the State and County Map application, and the high level county files.
On December 2nd, BLS released updated file format documentation here (CSV) and here (Open Data) to allow users to prepare for the new format. With the December 9th release, this documentation now reflects the standard formats used in the CSV files and the Open Data Access files.
UPDATED Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - QCEW 2013 annual average CSV files updated with correct annual average pay values. Details
NEW QCEW Open Data Access: QCEW now provides a collection of CSV files designed to allow third party programmers, developers, and organizations to retrieve published QCEW data in CSV format.
NEW Hurricane flood zone maps and tables of employment, wages, and establishment counts
From fourth quarter 2013 to fourth quarter 2014, Benton, Ark., had the largest percentage increase in
average weekly wages at 9.9 percent. Weld, Colo., and Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year
percentage increases in employment in December 2014 at 8.0 percent each.
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State and County Wages
(Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages - QCEW)
Provides a way to readily compare the industrial activity levels among different areas of the country.
Last Modified Date: September 18, 2014
The cooperating State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) have labor market information offices that publish and disseminate QCEW data for their states.