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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 Ida: Employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is tracking the progress of Hurricane Ida. According to a Public Advisory issued by the NHC at 100 pm CDT (1800 UTC) on Sunday, August 29, the eye of Hurricane Ida was located by NWS Doppler radar near latitude 29.2 North, longitude 90.3 West. NOAA Doppler indicated earlier Sunday that Ida made landfall on Sunday along the southeastern coast of Louisiana near Fort Fourchon around 1155am CDT (1655 UTC), and was moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). The center of Ida moved farther inland over southeastern Louisiana Sunday afternoon and evening, with a turn toward the north occurring by Monday morning. Ida is then forecast to move well inland over portions of Louisiana and western Mississippi Monday and Monday night, and move across the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday. 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 Ida

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: August 30, 2021