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.
From fourth quarter 2015 to fourth quarter 2016, McLean, Ill., had the largest county percentage decline
in average weekly wages at -9.2 percent. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest county over-the-year
percentage increase in employment in December 2016 at 5.1 percent.
Discontinued Annual Releases
Archived News Releases
Downloadable Data Files
- Open Data Access
- Overview -Learn more about the collection of CSV files designed to allow third party programmers, developers, and organizations to retrieve published QCEW data in CSV format.
- Data Slices: Structure and Storage -Learn more about the storage and structure of QCEW's collection of CSV data slices.
- Programming Language Examples -QCEW data slices can be directly accessed from various programming languages. QCEW has made an effort to provide simple examples in several different languages.
- QCEW State and County Maps - View QCEW maps, charts and data tables
- Series Report —Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
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Publications Archive »
- NEW TED 08/21/17: Shining a light on employment in the path of the August 21 solar eclipse
- UPDATED BLS Handbook of Methods, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
- NEW TED 12/13/16: Williamson County, Tennessee, leads large counties in over-the-year job gains
- NEW TED 10/27/16: Employment trends and wages in banking and credit industries
- NEW Employment and Wages, Annual Averages 2015
- NEW MLR, November 2016: Establishment, firm, or enterprise: does the unit of analysis matter?
- MLR, February 2016: Nonprofits in America: new research data on employment, wages, and establishments
- BTN, May 2016: Employment patterns in political organizations
- TED 08/05/16: Major industries with highest employment, by state, 1990-2015
- Employment and Wages, Annual Averages archive
- Technical notes and references (including SIC, NAICS, and State information)
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Other Useful Links
For BLS QCEW Survey Respondents
For QCEW Data Users
- Telephone: (202) 691-6567
- E-mail: Contact QCEW
- Written inquiries:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
2 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, D.C. 20212
For related data sources
For state-published data
The cooperating State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) have labor market information
offices that publish and disseminate QCEW data for their states.