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.

QCEW News Releases

County Employment and Wages

October 17, 2008

Orleans County, La., had the biggest over-the-year percentage increase in employment (5.0 percent) in March 2008; nationally, jobs grew 0.4 percent. Westmoreland, Pa., had the largest gain in average weekly wages (14.9 percent) in the first quarter of 2008, compared with a national increase of 2.4 percent. More...

Quarterly Releases

Annual Data Tables:

  • Average Annual Wages for All Covered Workers by State (TXT) (PDF)
  • Average Annual Wages for All Covered Workers by Metropolitan Area (TXT) (PDF)
  • Average Annual Wages for All Covered Workers by Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (TXT) (PDF)

Discontinued Annual Releases

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Contact QCEW


Further information may be obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) Program by calling (202) 691-6567; by sending email; or by sending hard copy mail to the Division of Administrative Statistics and Labor Turnover, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., Room 4840, Washington, D.C. 20212.

The cooperating State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) have labor market information offices that publish and disseminate QCEW data for their States.