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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 First Quarter 2021 Data Now Available in the Census Business Builder from the U.S. Census Bureau Read More »
  • QCEW Summary and Historical Response Rates Tables now updated with second quarter 2021 data Read More »
  • Hurricane Nicholas: Employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones. 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 +6.7%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California +7.2%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois +5.9%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

New York County, New York +6.5%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas +3.5%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona +5.4%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas +6.1%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

Orange County, California +7.9%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

San Diego County, California +8.0%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

King County, Washington +5.3%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida +5.6%(p) since Jun 2020 Historical Data

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

U.S. TOTAL +4.5%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California +5.0%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois +3.7%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

New York County, New York +5.2%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas +2.7%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona +6.2%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas +5.8%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Orange County, California +3.6%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

San Diego County, California +4.1%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

King County, Washington +11.1%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida +8.8%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

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News Releases

Atlantic, NJ, has the largest over-the-year June employment gain at 36.8%

11/23/2021

From June 2020 to June 2021, Atlantic, NJ, had the largest county percentage increase in employment at 36.8 percent. San Francisco, CA, had the largest county over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages in second quarter 2021 at 29.7 percent.
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County Employment and Wages (QCEW) database now fully updated through 1st quarter 2021

09/01/2021

BLS updated the full Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) database through the first quarter of 2021. 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 third quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for second quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Publications

The Economics Daily

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Employment down in 324 of 343 largest counties from March 2020 to March 2021

From March 2020 to March 2021, employment decreased in 324 of the 343 largest U.S. counties. Calcasieu County, Louisiana, had the largest over-the-year decrease in employment with a loss of 14.9 percent. Within Calcasieu County, the largest employment decrease occurred in construction, which lost 3,520 jobs over the year (-27.6 percent). read more »

Spotlight on Statistics

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Industry on Tap: Wineries

This Spotlight on Statistics examines historical employment trends for wineries and other components of the beverage manufacturing industry. Additionally, the Spotlight looks at trends for wages, number of establishments, and consumer prices in the winery industry and compares them to trends among distilleries, breweries, and soft drink and ice manufacturing. Let's take a look. 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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