Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) is a national quarterly report on employment assembled by the BLS.

The QCEW is gathered through the quarterly tax reports completed by employers and includes both full and part time employees. Statistics are collected during the pay period that includes the 12th of the month. If an employee is paid at any point during that period, he or she is included in the survey results as employed. Since the report is filed by the corporation, a person employed at multiple establishments will likely be counted twice. Reports are published quarterly and annually at the national, state, metropolitan statistical areas (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget) and county levels. It is further classified as Federal Government, State Government, Local Government or the Private Sector Industries.