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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

QCEW Field Layouts for SIC-Based, Quarterly CSV Files

This table describes the file layout for SIC-based, quarterly CSV files. There are four types of quarterly CSV files. There are by-area, by-industry, singlefile, and size files. These files are available from the historical SIC-Based Data Files Table. The quarterly CSV files have several title fields. These fields, fields #9 through #13, are excluded from the singlefiles. The SIC codes are stored in these files with an "SIC_" prefix. This prefix extends the length of the industry_code field to 10 characters.

The table below is available as an Excel workbook (.xlsx), a comma separated values file (.csv), and as a flat, text file (.txt). Click the links below to download.

Related Documentation:   QCEW Data Guide;   Documentation Guide;  


QCEW SIC-Based CSV Quarterly Files Field Table

1 area_fips Text 5 5-character FIPS code
2 own_code Numeric 1 1-digit Ownership code
3 industry_code Text 10 10-character Industry Code (SIC)
4 agglvl_code Numeric 2 2-digit aggregation level code
5 size_code Numeric 1 1-digit size code
6 year Numeric 4 4-digit year
7 qtr Text 1 1-character quarter (always A for annual)
8 disclosure_code Text 1 1-character disclosure code (either ' '(blank) or 'N' not disclosed)
9 area_title Text 80 Multi-character area title associated with the area's FIPS (Excluded from singlefile)
10 own_title Text 80 Multi-character ownership title associated with the ownership code (Excluded from singlefile)
11 industry_title Text 80 Multi-character industry title associated with the industry code (Excluded from singlefile)
12 agglvl_title Text 80 Multi-character aggregation title associated with the agglvl code (Excluded from singlefile)
13 size_title Text 80 Multi-character size title associated with the size code (Excluded from singlefile)
14 qtrly_estabs_count Numeric 8 Count of establishments for a given quarter
15 month1_emplvl Numeric 9 Employment level for the first month of a given quarter
16 month2_emplvl Numeric 9 Employment level for the second month of a given quarter
17 month3_emplvl Numeric 9 Employment level for the third month of a given quarter
18 total_qtrly_wages Numeric 15 Total wages for a given quarter
19 taxable_qtrly_wages Numeric 15 Taxable wages for a given quarter
20 qtrly_contributions Numeric 13 Quarterly contributions for a given quarter
21 avg_wkly_wage Numeric 8 Average weekly wage for a given quarter


Last Modified Date: April 5, 2022