The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program publishes a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering 98 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.
NEW Employment and Wages, Annual Averages 2015
NEW Now available: QCEW 2016 Reporter's Guide. A new source of tips on how to use QCEW data.
NEW QCEW BLS NAICS Search Application
As of June 2, 2015, the QCEW Data Viewer includes over-the-year level and percent changes for third-month employment and average weekly wages. Table options have been expanded to include multi-year QCEW data by area and industry, and by establishment size class. Size data are available for the first quarter of each year.
QCEW CSV Files Updated with Over-the-Year Changes
QCEW NAICS data CSV files for the years 1975-2014 were updated on June 2nd
to include pre-calculated over-the-year level and percent change fields. The legacy format
ENB/END files and the SIC history files were not part of this update.
The new QCEW over-the-year change fields are available from the Open Data Access files and from the CSV files on the QCEW Data Files page.
Over-the-year change fields for third-month employment and average weekly wage are also available from the State and County Map application.
As of January 8, 2015,
the QCEW Data Viewer includes employment and wages location quotients in all tables. Table
options have been expanded to include QCEW data by establishment size
class. Size data are available for the first quarter of each year.
QCEW File Formats and Content
Most QCEW NAICS data flat files for the years 1975-2014 were updated on December 9th
to include location quotients (LQs). Location quotients compare the concentration
of an industry within a specific area to the concentration of that industry nationwide.
Location quotients were calculated for each of the data points within these files.
The legacy format ENB/END files and the SIC history files were not part of this update.
The new QCEW location quotients are available from the Open Data Access files and from the CSV files on the QCEW Data Files page.
Location quotients are also available from the LQ Calculator, the State and County Map application, and the high level county files.
On December 2nd, BLS released updated file format documentation here (CSV) and here (Open Data) to allow users to prepare
for the new format. With the December 9th release, this documentation now reflects the standard formats
used in the CSV files and the Open Data Access files.
Research data on the nonprofit sector
UPDATED Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - QCEW 2013 annual average CSV files updated with correct annual average pay values. Details
QCEW Open Data Access: QCEW now provides a collection of CSV files designed to allow third party programmers, developers, and organizations to retrieve published QCEW data in CSV format.
QCEW Data Viewer: County, MSA, State, and National Data by Industry
Hurricane Joaquin — Employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones maps and tables of employment, wages, and establishment counts
Changes to QCEW Data Files
The Marcellus Shale gas boom in Pennsylvania: employment and wage trends
Changes to E&W Tables
From first quarter 2015 to first quarter 2016, McLean, Ill., had the largest county percentage decline in
average weekly wages at -13.3 percent. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest county over-the-year
percentage increase in employment in March 2016 at 7.9 percent.
Discontinued Annual Releases
Archived News Releases
Provides a way to readily compare the industrial activity levels among different areas of the country.
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.
All CEW Databases
- NEW Employment and Wages, Annual Averages 2015
- NEW Nonprofits in America: new research data on employment, wages, and establishments
- NEW Eating and drinking in Miami: consumer expenditures, 2010-14
- NEW Employment patterns in political organizations
- NEW Major industries with highest employment, by state, 1990-2015
- Employment up in 308 of the 342 largest U.S. counties, December 2014 to December 2015
- Average weekly wages among largest counties, third quarter 2014 to third quarter 2015
- The Marcellus Shale gas boom in Pennsylvania: employment and wage trends
- Employment and wage changes in oil-producing counties in the Bakken Formation, 2007-2011
- Gulf oil and gas drilling employment
- Gulf oil spill fact sheet
- Employment and Wages, Annual Averages archive
- Issues in Labor Statistics
- Charts of QCEW data(From the Editor's Desk)
- BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 5, Employment and Wages Covered by Unemployment Insurance
- Technical notes and references (including SIC, NAICS, and State information)
Other BLS Programs
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.