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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages


Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) is a federal/state cooperative program that measures employment and wages in industries covered by unemployment insurance. Data are available by industry and county.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) is a federal/state cooperative program that provides data about employment, total wages and taxable wages.

What is the data source?

We collect information about monthly employment, total wages and taxable wages from quarterly unemployment-tax forms filed by employers. We also conduct quarterly surveys of employers who have more than one worksite in the state.

How often is the data updated?

Quarterly. Data are released four times a year, about seven months after the end of each quarter. In addition to quarterly data, we publish annual information.

What else should I know about these data?

We integrate QCEW data in the Learn about an occupation, numbers and trends and industry trends tools. 

QCEW was formerly known as ES-202.

How is this information used?


  •  To evaluate labor trends.

  •  To monitor major industry developments.

  •  To develop training programs.

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        Quarterly reports are combined into annual averages at the end of the year


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        Annual average reports are maintained on our site beginning with 2005. Electronic versions of older reports are available by sending an email to LMPA@esd.wa.gov. Include your name and the report’s name and year.

         


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