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 by the 2002, 2007, and 2012 versions of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). QCEW data from 1990-2006 are classified under the 2002 version of NAICS, QCEW data from 2007-2010 are classified under the 2007 version of NAICS, and data for 2012 forward are classified under the 2012 version of NAICS. Each version of NAICS classifies industries in one of 20 Sectors, but, depending on the version, NAICS defines up to 99 3-digit Subsectors, up to 317 4-digit Industry Groups, up to 724 5-digit NAICS Industries, and up to 1,179 6-digit industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has extended the NAICS coding to 11 alternate aggregate sectors commonly referred to as super sectors or SuperSectors, and two high level Domains - Goods-Producing and Service-Providing. Additionally, the BLS has exercised the NAICS option of country specific coding to define industries in subsector 238, Specialty Trade Contractors. For each of 19 industries of that subsector, the BLS defines 19 U.S. specific residential industries and 19 U.S. specific nonresidential industries.
This QCEW database uses a six position industry code that is composed of the NAICS code.
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: August 7, 2014