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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

QCEW Data Source Counts

QCEW Reports and employment - by Type and Source

QCEW data is reported via several channels. A majority of QCEW data comes from state LMI departments who receive data from their UI Tax Department partners. QCEW also collects MWR data electronically via the BLS-operated MWR Web site and the BLS EDI center. BLS manages a contract to print and collect MWR paper forms for 38 states. The remaining states print/mail forms in-house.

BLS offers respondents increased electronic reporting options, working with our MWR contractor to scan as much data as possible electronically, and researching other options to increase web reporting. For more information about these concepts, please call 202-691-6567, or send an email using our QCEW contact page.

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Reports and Employment By Type and Source
Number of establishmentsPercent of establishmentsEmploymentPercent of Employment

Establishments reported


  Single establishments


  Multiple worksite reporter   establishments


  Total establishments


Collection Methods


  BLS Electronic Data Interchange Center   (EDI)


  BLS Web Data Collection


  Total of BLS-collected establishments


  Total of state-collected establishments


Total establishments


*QCEW data referenced in the table above is from the 3rd quarter of 2019


Last Modified Date: March 18, 2020