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 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.

NEW Research data on the nonprofit sector

UPDATED Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - QCEW 2013 annual average CSV files updated with correct annual average pay values. Details

NEW Employment and Wages, Annual Averages 2013

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 QCEW Data Viewer: County, MSA, State, and National Data by Industry

NEW Hurricane flood zone maps and tables of employment, wages, and establishment counts

Changes to QCEW Data Files

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

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State and County Employment and Wages Maps and Tables

QCEW Introduces NAICS 2012 Industry Coding

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QCEW News Releases

County Employment and Wages

March 19, 2015

From third quarter 2013 to third quarter 2014, Olmsted, Minn., had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages at 11.1 percent. Weld, Colo., had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in September 2014 at 8.8 percent. More...

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QCEW Databases


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State and County Wages
(Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages - QCEW)
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Location Quotient
Provides a way to readily compare the industrial activity levels among different areas of the country.

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Last Modified Date: September 18, 2014

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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