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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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 more than 95 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.

Notices

  • Employment and Wages, Annual Averages, 2022 Read More »
  • Hurricane Idalia - Employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones Read More »
  • QCEW Final Response Rates Tables available now for all quarters in 2022 Read More »

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U.S. and Ten Largest Counties Employment Over-the-Year Percent Change (Unadjusted)

U.S. TOTAL +1.5%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California -1.0%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois +0.8%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

New York County, New York +1.3%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas +2.5%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona +2.1%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas +0.7%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

Orange County, California +0.5%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

San Diego County, California +0.7%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

King County, Washington -0.4%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida +2.8%(p) since Sep 2022 Historical Data

U.S. and Ten Largest Counties Average Weekly Wage Over-the-Year Percent Change (Unadjusted)

U.S. TOTAL +0.1%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California +0.4%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois -1.7%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

New York County, New York +0.8%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas +0.4%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona -0.8%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas -0.2%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Orange County, California -1.2%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

San Diego County, California -1.6%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

King County, Washington +1.8%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida -1.0%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2022 Historical Data

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News Releases

Clayton, GA, has largest county 3rd quarter over-the-year wage gain at 7.7%

02/21/2024

From third quarter 2022 to third quarter 2023, Clayton, GA, had the largest county percentage increase in average weekly wages at 7.7 percent. Hall, GA, had the largest county over-the-year percentage increase in employment in September 2023 at 5.4 percent.
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County Employment and Wages (QCEW) database now fully updated through 2nd quarter 2023

12/07/2023

BLS updated the full Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) database through the second quarter of 2023. Links to updated databases, files, and tables can be found at www.bls.gov/web/cewdat.supp.toc.htm.
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Next Release

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2023 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).
The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2023 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).
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Publications

The Economics Daily

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A look at manufacturing jobs on National Manufacturing Day

National Manufacturing Day, celebrated on the first Friday in October, recognizes the importance of the manufacturing industry in the United States. Over 12.7 million U.S. workers were employed in manufacturing in 2022. Though transportation equipment manufacturing was the largest manufacturing industry in the nation and in 16 states, food manufacturing topped the list in 19 states and the District of Columbia. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Labor market impacts of destructive California wildfires

This article estimates the impacts of destructive California wildfires on short-term employment across industries using a generalized difference-in-difference modeling approach. read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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A Look at a Neat Industry: Distilleries

This Spotlight on Statistics reviews historical employment trends for distilleries and other components of the beverage manufacturing industry. Additionally, the Spotlight looks at trends in the number of establishments and wages for the distillery industry and compares them to trends among breweries and wineries. Finally, a look at consumer prices for distilled spirits is reviewed. read more »

Beyond the Numbers

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Comparing occupational employment and wages in public and private elementary and secondary schools

This Beyond the Numbers article uses ownership data from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program to look at differences in occupational composition and wages between local government and private elementary and secondary schools. read more »

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