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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

QCEW Ownership Codes (For SIC coded data)

These ownership codes are to be used with SIC coded QCEW data. Most of these codes are also used in the NAICS based data. A few additional ownership combinations are also included in the NAICS based data.

The QCEW program stopped publishing data for International Government establishments as a separate ownership group after 1994. These establishments are included in private sector tabulations starting in 1995. These data were for establishments owned by international governments that reported for Unemployment Insurance purposes, Historically, there were fewer than 40 establishments, with fewer than one thousand employees coded in this group. There are published SIC coded data for this group through 1994. However, due to disclosure limitations, there are no published NAICS coded data for the period from 1990 forward.

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 Data Files;   Open Data Access Guide;  

QCEW Ownership Codes for SIC Classified Data

Code Ownership Title
0 Total Covered
5 Private
4 International Government
3 Local Government
2 State Government
1 Federal Government


Last Modified Date: September 23, 2020