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QWI Online

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Quarterly Workforce Indicators

The Quarterly Workforce Indicators are derived from the LED partnership and are possible because of an innovative system that merges data already collected from various sources. The state Labor Market Information (LMI) agencies supply key data from unemployment wage records and from businesses each quarter. The Census Bureau merges the data from the LMIs with current demographic information to produce the data found on the LED web site. By combining data from different administrative sources, censuses and surveys, the Census Bureau produces local employment information that was not available before.

The Census Bureau produces 29 labor force indicators and publishes eight of them in QWI Online. The eight indicators include total employment measures of change such as job flow, new hires, separations, and average earnings. The additional 21 indicators are provided directly to the states; LMIs may choose to share them, upon request. The same 29 indicators are produced for all states in the partnership but they cover differing historic periods, based on what each state provides. Each of the states represented in the QWI Online currently has data beginning in 2001. Each quarter the data are refreshed, about nine months after the end of the quarter.

QWI Online provides
  • Detailed demographics
  • Detailed geography
  • 3- and 4-digit Industries by NAICS (The default is for NAICS; if you prefer to see SIC-based information, select the SIC option from the map page)
  • Historic data for past 3-4 years
  • Comparability
  • Timeliness
  • 4-quarter averages
  • State totals

Using the Comparison Report feature in QWI Online, you can compare labor market information by time, geography, sex, age and other variables. You can chart the data by specified period or by each of the four quarters of the year selected. You can download this information to create custom tables and charts.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies · Contact Us ·  Last Revised: January 22, 2007

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