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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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.

Notices

  • QCEW Summary and Historical Response Rates Tables now updated with third quarter 2021 data Read More »
  • QCEW First Quarter 2021 Data Now Available in the Census Business Builder from the U.S. Census Bureau Read More »
  • QCEW Summary and Historical Response Rates Tables now updated with second quarter 2021 data Read More »

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Latest Numbers

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U.S. and Ten Largest Counties Employment Over-the-Year Percent Change (Unadjusted)

U.S. TOTAL +4.4%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California +7.8%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois +3.3%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

New York County, New York +5.8%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas +4.5%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona +4.4%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas +5.5%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

Orange County, California +7.2%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

San Diego County, California +7.4%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

King County, Washington +4.7%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida +7.7%(p) since Sep 2020 Historical Data

U.S. and Ten Largest Counties Average Weekly Wage Over-the-Year Percent Change (Unadjusted)

U.S. TOTAL +6.7%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Los Angeles County, California +5.9%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Cook County, Illinois +7.3%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

New York County, New York +6.5%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Harris County, Texas +6.1%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Maricopa County, Arizona +7.7%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Dallas County, Texas +6.9%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Orange County, California +4.7%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

San Diego County, California +4.7%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

King County, Washington +7.0%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

Miami-Dade County, Florida +10.7%(p) since 3rd Qtr of 2020 Historical Data

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News Releases

San Mateo, CA, has largest county 3rd quarter 2021 over-the-year wage gain at 27.2%

02/23/2022

From third quarter 2020 to third quarter 2021, San Mateo, CA, had the largest county percentage increase in average weekly wages at 27.2 percent. Honolulu, HI, had the largest county over-the-year percentage increase in employment in September 2021 at 13.3 percent.
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County Employment and Wages (QCEW) database now fully updated through 3rd quarter 2021

03/09/2022

BLS updated the full Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) database through the third quarter of 2021. Links to updated databases, files, and tables can be found at www.bls.gov/web/cewdat.supp.toc.htm.
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Next Release

The County Employment and Wages release for fourth quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
The County Employment and Wages full data update for fourth quarter 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Publications

Spotlight on Statistics

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The Decline in Employment Dynamism Over the Last Three Decades

Business dynamism refers to the continuous process of firm entry, growth, contraction, and exit, and the simultaneous creation and destruction of jobs. A healthy economy is marked by low barriers to entry for new firms and a labor market that permits workers to move easily between jobs. read more »

The Economics Daily

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All of the 10 largest U.S. counties had employment increases in September 2021

All of the 10 largest U.S. counties had over-the-year percentage increases in employment in September 2021 Miami-Dade, Florida, had the largest over-the-year employment percentage gain (+7.6 percent), followed by Los Angeles, California at 7.0 percent. Over-the-year change in employment at the national level was 4.4%. read more »

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