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.

Announcements

  • NEW Hurricane Matthew Employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones maps and tables of employment, wages, and establishment counts available

  • NEW Employment and Wages, Annual Averages 2015

  • NEW Now available: QCEW 2016 Reporter's Guide. A new source of tips on how to use QCEW data.

  • NEW QCEW BLS NAICS Search Application

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • Changes to QCEW Data Files

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

  • Changes to E&W Tables

QCEW News Releases

McLean, Ill., has largest county 2nd quarter 2016 over-the-year wage gain at 21.0%

12/07/2016

From second quarter 2015 to second quarter 2016, McLean, Ill., had the largest county percentage increase in average weekly wages at 21.0 percent. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest county over-the- year percentage increase in employment in June 2016 at 6.7 percent.
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QCEW Databases

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Calculators

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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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Downloadable Data Files

More Tools

  • Open Data Access
    • Overview -Learn more about the collection of CSV files designed to allow third party programmers, developers, and organizations to retrieve published QCEW data in CSV format.
    • Data Slices: Structure and Storage -Learn more about the storage and structure of QCEW's collection of CSV data slices.
    • Programming Language Examples -QCEW data slices can be directly accessed from various programming languages. QCEW has made an effort to provide simple examples in several different languages.
  • QCEW State and County Maps - View QCEW maps, charts and data tables
  • Series Report —Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.

 

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QCEW Reporting Data

 

QCEW Publications

QCEW Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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QCEW Data Overview

  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. Data File Accessibility

  5. How do I get data prior to 2001?
  6. How do I use a QCEW .enb or .end file?
  7. Can I get QCEW data below the county-industry level?
  8. When are the most current QCEW data available?
  9. Can I get access to confidential QCEW microdata for research purposes?

  10. Understanding QCEW Data

  11. Why is my hand-calculated total different from the published total?
  12. Can I find data on employment and wages for a specific occupation or job?
  13. Why are there sometimes sudden shifts in levels of employment or wages?
  14. Why did a large portion of Oregon's employment and wages shift from state universities to local universities?
  15. Why are some data unavailable, or marked as ND, NA, or with a dash (-)?
  16. Why are QCEW establishment counts different from those of other programs?

  17. QCEW Definitions

  18. What is included in employment?
  19. What is included in total wages?
  20. Does the QCEW program publish employment by company size?
  21. Which version of NAICS and SIC does the QCEW program use?
  22. Does the QCEW program have data based on the new Metropolitan Statistical Area definition?
  23. What is a location quotient?
  24. What is the difference between a company, an employer and an establishment in QCEW data?

  25. Other Related Topics

  26. What is the prevailing wage rate for my area according to the Davis-Bacon Act?

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Contact QCEW

Contact Us

For BLS QCEW Survey Respondents

For QCEW Data Users

  • Telephone: (202) 691-6567
  • E-mail: Contact QCEW

  • Written inquiries:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
    Room 4840
    2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
    Washington, D.C. 20212

For related data sources

For state-published data

The cooperating State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) have labor market information offices that publish and disseminate QCEW data for their states.