Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Publication Changes
The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program
started a transition from annual to quarterly publication of data beginning on October 16, 2002,
with the release of selected data for the first quarter of 2002. The amount of data released each
quarter has increased since that time. With the publication of preliminary first quarter 2003 data in
November 2003, BLS began releasing fully detailed industry data at the county, Metropolitan Area,
state, and national levels. Additionally, BLS now publishes the
County Employment and Wages press release quarterly.
This press release was previously known as Wages and Employment, and was focused on State- and
national-level information. It has been refocused on county level data.
Therefore, BLS discontinued publication of the three annual QCEW press releases. These are the
releases covering State and Industry Annual Average Pay,
Metropolitan Statistical Area Annual Average Pay, and
Employment and Wages in Large Counties. The last editions
of these releases were issued in the fall of 2002 and can be accessed from the links below.
The underlying state totals presented in these releases will continue to be available
here. For metropolitan totals and for over-the-year change calculations,
use the customized tables tool available here.
See below for links to the tables presented in the final annual releases. Detailed monthly, quarterly,
and annual data for 2002 was posted on the Web site in November 2003.
2002 QCEW Annual Data Tables (discontinued):
Average Annual Wages for All Covered Workers by State
Average Annual Wages for All Covered Workers by Metropolitan Area
Average Annual Wages for All Covered Workers by Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area
Last Modified Date: December 24, 2013