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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Bureau of Labor Statistics > Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages > Publications > QCEW Hurricane Flood Zones

Hurricane Zeta: Employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking the progress of Hurricane Zeta. According to a Public Advisory issued by the NHC at 700 PM CDT (0000 UTC) yesterday, Wednesday, October 28, the center of Hurricane Zeta was located near latitude 30.2 North, longitude 89.9 West. Zeta is moving toward the north-northeast at 25 mph (41 km/h). A faster north-northeastward motion occurred through Wednesday, followed by an even faster northeastward motion on Thursday and an east-northeastward motion early Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Zeta moved from southeastern Louisiana into southeastern Mississippi on Wednesday, and then moved across the southeastern and eastern United States Thursday, continuing through Friday. 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. Hurricane Zeta

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 zone 1 sums. The zone 2 sums represent the establishments which are not affected by Category I storms, but are affected by Category II storms. To get a total for establishments subject to a Category II storm, users should add the zone 1 and zone 2 values. The zone 3 sums represent the establishments which are not affected by Category I or II storms, but are affected by Category III storms. To get a total for establishments subject to a Category III storm, users should add the zone 1, 2, and 3 values. The zone 4 sums represent the establishments which are not affected by Category I, II, or III storms, but are affected by Category IV storms. To get a total for establishments subject to a Category IV storm, users should add the zone 1, 2, 3, and 4 values.

Last Modified Date: October 29, 2020