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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 Summary and Historical Response Rates Tables now updated with third quarter 2020 data Read More »
  • QCEW Summary and Historical Response Rates Tables now updated with second quarter 2020 data Read More »
  • Hurricane Zeta: QCEW employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones. Read More »

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

U.S. TOTAL -9.4%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California -12.3%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois -13.2%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

New York County, New York -19.3%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas -7.5%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona -4.7%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas -6.8%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

Orange County, California -12.9%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

San Diego County, California -11.2%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

King County, Washington -9.1%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida -9.3%(p) since Jun 2019 Historical Data

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

U.S. TOTAL +8.6%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California +8.9%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois +9.8%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

New York County, New York +15.1%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas +3.7%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona +7.8%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas +4.5%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Orange County, California +11.7%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

San Diego County, California +11.1%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

King County, Washington +13.9%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida +5.4%(p) since 2nd Qtr of 2019 Historical Data

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News Releases

Maui + Kalawao, HI, has the largest over-the-year September employment loss, down 35.4%

02/24/2021

From September 2019 to September 2020, Maui + Kalawao, HI, had the largest county percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 35.4 percent. San Mateo, CA, had the largest county over-the-year percentage increase in average weekly wages in third quarter 2020 at 23.2 percent.
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County Employment and Wages (QCEW) database now fully updated through 2nd quarter 2020

12/02/2020

BLS updated the full Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) database through the second quarter of 2020. 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 fourth quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for third quarter 2020 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Publications

The Economics Daily

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107.5 million private sector workers in pandemic-essential industries in 2019

We have used a list of pandemic-essential industries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to count the number of workers in “essential industries” in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Just before the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2019 the United States had an average annual private employment of 107.5 million in essential industries. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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How many workers are employed in sectors directly affected by COVID-19 shutdowns, where do they work, and how much do they earn?

This article examines the labor market impacts of establishment shutdowns implemented in response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). read more »

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