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Labor Market Information Center

Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW)

(Employment of Workers Covered by Unemployment Insurance)

Summaries of Annual Data, including Data and Narrative Analysis

Retrievable Data

Retrievable Data

Get QCEW employment data from the virtual LMI data system.

Employment by industry data (from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program based on workers covered by unemployment insurance) is available for the following areas:

Statewide | Metrpolitan Statistical Areas | Counties OR you may select an area from a map.

Simply follow these steps:

If you want to change the default setting in number four above, follow additional steps to select specific industries.

Please note: The system may react slowly when selecting multiple areas or industries, and some computers may time out before the data has been successfully retrieved, especially if you have selected multiple time periods as well.

Tip: At any point while using the virtual labor market data system, to clear all prior selections, click on the "Labor Market Analysis" link in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

Annual Summaries

Each year, we compile an analytical narrative online publication summarizing the most recent annual Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data.

2017 (most recent annual summary available, published August 2018)

Archived QCEW annual summaries (Adobe PDF format)














See definition of covered workers.

Data for the United States and Other States

QCEW employment data for the United States and all other states is available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Business Employment Dynamics data for South Dakota (and other states, from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website)

About Business Employment Dynamics data

QCEW Data Viewer - a tool from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics providing point and click access to QCEW data for all areas within the nation from 2012 forward.

Resources and References

Technical Notes

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