The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) is a quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers. The QCEW covers more than 95 percent of U.S. jobs available at the county, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), state, and national level, by detailed industry. The primary source for the QCEW is administrative data from state unemployment insurance (UI) programs. These data are supplemented by data from two U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surveys: the Annual Refiling Survey (ARS) and the Multiple Worksite Report (MWR). Before publication, BLS and state workforce agencies review and enhance the QCEW data, correcting errors, imputing for nonresponse, and confirming and annotating unusual movements.
|Quick Facts: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages|
|Subject areas||Employment, Pay|
|How the data are obtained||Administrative records|
|Periodicity of data availability||Annual, Monthly, Quarterly|
|Geographic detail||County, Metro area, National, State|
|Scope||Government, Private sector, State and local government|
Last Modified Date: March 29, 2022