Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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 Some QCEW data files released on March 19, 2014 did not include revised data for the first and second quarters of 2013. These files were replaced at 11 AM on March 20th, 2014. For more information click here

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NEW Article The Marcellus Shale gas boom in Pennsylvania: employment and wage trends

Employment and Wages, Annual Averages 2012

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County Employment and Wages

March 19, 2014

From third quarter 2012 to third quarter 2013, San Mateo, Calif., had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages at 9.9 percent. Fort Bend, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in September 2013 at 6.0 percent. More...

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Provides a way to readily compare the industrial activity levels among different areas of the country.

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Last Modified Date: September 26, 2013

QCEW Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is QCEW?
  2. Does the QCEW program publish or release the number of employees in a particular company?
  3. How does QCEW employment compare to Current Employment Statistics (CES) and other employment measures?
  4. How do I get data prior to 2001?
  5. How do I use a QCEW .enb or .end file?
  6. Can I get QCEW data below the county-industry level?
  7. When are the most current QCEW data available?
  8. Can I get access to confidential QCEW microdata for research purposes?
  9. Why is my hand-calculated total different from the published total?
  10. Can I find data on employment and wages for a specific occupation or job?
  11. Why are there sometimes sudden shifts in levels of employment or wages?
  12. Why are some data unavailable, or marked as ND, NA, or with a dash (-)?
  13. Why are QCEW establishment counts different from those of other programs?
  14. What is included in employment?
  15. What is included in total wages?
  16. Does the QCEW program publish employment by company size?
  17. Which version of NAICS and SIC does the QCEW program use?
  18. Does the QCEW program have data based on the new Metropolitan Statistical Area definition?
  19. What is a location quotient?
  20. What is the difference between a company, an employer and an establishment in QCEW data?
  21. What is the prevailing wage rate for my area according to the Davis-Bacon Act?


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