Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages - Field Definitions
Indicates the industry for which the data were reported. The data are based on the classification of industrial activity as defined in the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Manual. This manual defines eleven standard industry divisions and assigns each division a letter code from A through K. The manual defines eighty-three major industry groups and assigns each a two-digit SIC code. Within each of the major industry groups, the manual defines one or more industry groups and assigns each of them a three-digit SIC code, the first two digits of which are the two-digit code of the corresponding major industry group. Similarly, the manual defines one or more industries within each industry group and assigns each of them a four-digit SIC code. Four hundred-sixteen industry groups (three-digit SIC) and one thousand five industries (four-digit SIC) are defined in the manual. This database uses a six position industry code that is composed of a zero followed by the letter code of the division followed (optionally) by the two to four digit SIC code of the industry group or industry to define each series. Data for the aggregates of all industrial activity are assigned an industry code of 0Z.
Indicates the area for which the data were reported. The database uses a five-character code for each area. Currently, data are available for the United States (excluding Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands), as statewide data for each state, including Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, for all counties, and all Metropolitan Areas.
Indicates the ownership sector for which the data were reported.
Indicates the establishment size for which the data were reported. Currently, only data from all establishment sizes combined are reported in this database.
Reported number of establishments represents the number of establishments whose activities were reported to the Unemployment Insurance system for the quarter. An establishment is an economic unit, such as a farm, mine, factory, or store, which produces goods or provides services. It is typically at a single physical location and engaged in one, or predominantly one, type of economic activity for which a single industrial classification may be applied. Reported annual average number of establishments is an average of the corresponding quarterly number of establishment levels.
Reported quarterly total wages are the wages paid by Unemployment Insurance covered employers during the calendar quarter, regardless of when the services were performed. Reported total annual wages are the sum of the total wages reported for the corresponding quarters. Total wage values reported in this database have been rounded and are reported in thousands of dollars.
Quarterly average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing quarterly total wages by the average of the three monthly employment levels (all employees, as described above) and dividing the result by thirteen. Annual average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing total annual wages by the average of the twelve monthly employment levels and dividing the result by fifty-two. These calculations are made from unrounded employment and wage values, so the average wage values that can be calculated from data from this database may differ from the averages reported due to rounding.
Average annual pay values are calculated by dividing total annual wages by the average of the twelve monthly employment levels. These calculations are made from unrounded employment and wage values, so the average wage values that can be calculated from data in this database may differ from the averages reported due to rounding.
Last Modified Date: January 14, 2004