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.

QCEW News Releases

County Employment and Wages (QCEW) database now fully updated through 1st quarter 2019


BLS updated the full Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) database through the first quarter of 2019. Links to updated databases, files, and tables can be found at

San Francisco, CA has largest county 1st quarter 2019 over-the-year wage gain at 10.2%


From first quarter 2018 to first quarter 2019, San Francisco, CA, had the largest county percentage increase in average weekly wages at 10.2 percent. Midland, TX, had the largest county over-the-year percentage increase in employment in March 2019 at 5.8 percent.

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QCEW Databases


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State and County Wages
(Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages - QCEW)
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  • Open Data Access
    • Overview -Learn more about the collection of CSV files designed to allow third party programmers, developers, and organizations to retrieve published QCEW data in CSV format.
    • Data Slices: Structure and Storage -Learn more about the storage and structure of QCEW's collection of CSV data slices.
    • Programming Language Examples -QCEW data slices can be directly accessed from various programming languages. QCEW has made an effort to provide simple examples in several different languages.
  • QCEW State and County Maps - View QCEW maps, charts and data tables
  • Series Report—Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
  • Census Business Builder (CBB) - QCEW data are now available in the U.S. Census Bureau's CBB. View maps and reports with selected QCEW data for establishments, employment, wages and location quotients.


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QCEW Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

QCEW Data Overview

  1. What is QCEW?
  2. Does the QCEW program publish or release the number of employees in a particular company?
  3. How does QCEW employment compare to Current Employment Statistics (CES) and other employment measures?

  4. Data File Accessibility

  5. How do I get data prior to 2001?
  6. How do I use a QCEW .enb or .end file?
  7. Can I get QCEW data below the county-industry level?
  8. When are the most current QCEW data available?
  9. Can I get access to confidential QCEW microdata for research purposes?

  10. Understanding QCEW Data

  11. Why is my hand-calculated total different from the published total?
  12. Can I find data on employment and wages for a specific occupation or job?
  13. Why are there sometimes sudden shifts in levels of employment or wages?
  14. Why did a large portion of Oregon's employment and wages shift from state universities to local universities?
  15. Why are some data unavailable, or marked as ND, NA, or with a dash (-)?
  16. What are the QCEW concepts related to confidentiality and data disclosure?
  17. Why are QCEW establishment counts different from those of other programs?

  18. QCEW Definitions

  19. What is included in employment?
  20. What is included in total wages?
  21. Does the QCEW program publish employment by company size?
  22. Which version of NAICS and SIC does the QCEW program use?
  23. Does the QCEW program have data based on the new Metropolitan Statistical Area definition?
  24. What is a location quotient?
  25. What is the difference between a company, an employer and an establishment in QCEW data?

  26. Other Related Topics

  27. What is the prevailing wage rate for my area according to the Davis-Bacon Act?

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For BLS QCEW Survey Respondents

For QCEW Data Users

  • Telephone: (202) 691-6567
  • E-mail: Contact QCEW

  • Written inquiries:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
    Room 4860
    2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
    Washington, D.C. 20212

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For state-published data

The cooperating State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) have labor market information offices that publish and disseminate QCEW data for their states.