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 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.
NEW QCEW Data Viewer: County, MSA, State, and National Data by Industry
NEW Hurricane flood zone maps and tables of employment, wages, and establishment counts
NEW A federal register notice was published on May 22, 2014
soliciting proposals for changes to the structure and content of the North American
Industry Classification System (NAICS) for inclusion in a potential 2017 revision.
If you wish to review the notice or propose a change for NAICS, please see the
federal register notice for details (
Additional information on NAICS at BLS can be found at:
along with information on identifying and classifying factoryless goods producers (FGPs):
To ensure consideration of your comments or proposals related to the
potential revision of NAICS for 2017 as detailed in the federal register
notice, comments must be received no later than July 21, 2014.
Changes to QCEW Data Files
NEW Article The Marcellus Shale gas boom in Pennsylvania: employment and wage trends
Employment and Wages, Annual Averages 2012
Ready–To–Go Industry Tables
Changes to E&W Tables
County Employment and Wages
June 19, 2014
From fourth quarter 2012 to fourth quarter 2013, Santa Cruz, Calif., had the largest percentage increase
in average weekly wages at 6.5 percent. Weld, Colo., had the largest over-the-year percentage increase
in employment in December 2013 at 6.0 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
Last Modified Date: July 10, 2014
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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.