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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

  • QCEW Fourth Quarter 2020 Data Now Available in the Census Business Builder from the U.S. Census Bureau Read More »
  • Hurricane Season- QCEW Hurricane Maps 2020 3rd Quarter Update Read More »
  • QCEW Summary and Historical Response Rates Tables now updated with fourth quarter 2020 data Read More »

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Latest Numbers

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

U.S. TOTAL -6.1%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California -10.6%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois -10.1%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

New York County, New York -16.2%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas -6.6%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona -3.2%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas -4.7%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

Orange County, California -10.0%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

San Diego County, California -9.4%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

King County, Washington -8.1%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida -8.4%(p) since Dec 2019 Historical Data

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

U.S. TOTAL +13.0%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California +12.4%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois +14.8%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

New York County, New York +21.3%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas +5.3%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona +15.1%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas +10.7%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Orange County, California +16.7%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

San Diego County, California +19.2%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

King County, Washington +19.8%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida +13.9%(p) since 4th Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

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News Releases

San Francisco, CA, has largest county 4th quarter 2020 over-the-year wage gain at 44.3%

05/19/2021

San Francisco, CA, had the largest county over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages in fourth quarter 2020 at 44.3 percent. From December 2019 to December 2020, Maui + Kalawao, HI, had the largest county percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 22.8 percent.
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County Employment and Wages (QCEW) database now fully updated through 4th quarter 2020

06/02/2021

BLS updated the full Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) database through the fourth quarter of 2020. 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 first quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for first quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Publications

The Economics Daily

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Louisiana feels the most impact on wages during hurricane season

With the beginning of each hurricane season, we update maps and data for hurricane flood zones on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. In the third quarter of 2020, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, had the largest percentage of total wages located in hurricane flood zones, at 94.3 percent, followed by Orleans Parish, Louisiana, at 93.5 percent. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Measuring industry employment, 1990–2018: a look at the auxiliary-unit concept

This article examines how employment trends would have differed over the past few decades if the auxiliary-unit concept had been used to estimate industry employment as it was in the SIC system. read more »

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