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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

Tropical Storm Erika: Employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking the progress of Tropical Storm Erika as it moves across the Caribbean. The most recent forecasts by NHC show some uncertainty in where the storm is likely to make landfall on U.S. soil. South Florida appears a likely target, though it is possible that the storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico or further up the Atlantic coast to Georgia, South Carolina, or North Carolina. Tropical Storm Erika BLS maps and tables are available for areas in all of the states that may be affected by this event. For more information on hurricanes, see the National Hurricane Center.

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program has created a set of maps and data for hurricane flood zones on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Where permitted by State regulations, maps include dots indicating the location of business and government establishments. This product is the combination of geocoded BLS establishment data and flood zones created by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and State emergency management authorities. For more information, see the flood zone Questions and Answers page.

The summarized data are presented for each zone. If a Category I storm is experienced, the subject establishments are represented by the Category I sums. The Category II sums represent the establishments which are not in zone I but are in zone II. To get a total for establishments subject to a Category II storm, users should add the Category I and II values.

Last Modified Date: August 28, 2015