Guide to QCEW Data Sources
Download Data Files
The QCEW publication data set is vastly larger in scale than most BLS products.
For example, the national Current Employment Statistics (CES) program publishes data
for most of the 1,083 NAICS detailed industries for the nation.
QCEW publishes every NAICS industry for the more than 3,000 counties in the United States,
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as every MSA, every state, and the nation.
This difference in scale translates into a data set that cannot be fully supported by the
BLS publication database. Less than 10 percent of QCEW data is available via the
BLS publication database.
QCEW provides full data set access via the use of downloadable files.
2014 FTP Transition
The full set of QCEW data is available via downloadable files. These have been known to the
QCEW user community by various names, such as ftp, high level county, ENB/END, beta, CSV, and
DBF files. Effective with the BLS termination of ftp service on February 28, 2014, the QCEW
data file collection was substantially reorganized and improved.
Downloadable Data File Access
QCEW data files for all periods have been reorganized using the CSV format formerly known as
the QCEW beta format. CSV files are now available back to 1975. The legacy END/ENB files will
continue to be produced and will be available in zipped form. The DBF files have been dropped,
with their data translated into CSV format.
All QCEW data files are available at
See www.bls.gov/cew/doctoc.htm for links to QCEW
file layouts, title files, and SAS and Excel helper applications.
Release Day Access
At 10 AM on QCEW release day, updated QCEW data will be available for the
current and prior year at www.bls.gov/web/cewqtr.supp.toc.htm.
At 11 AM on QCEW release day, updated QCEW data will be posted in the year-specific
collection that goes back to 1975 at www.bls.gov/cew/datatoc.htm.
The year-specific collection is designed to support users who are accessing the full range of QCEW history.
Last Modified Date: June 20, 2014