Introducing the QCEW State & County Map Application

QCEW State & County Map Application

Introducing the QCEW State & County Map Application

We have developed an interactive state and county map application available at The application displays geographic economic data through maps, charts, and tables, allowing users to explore employment and wage data of private industry at the National, State, and county level.
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  • Tony Roberts July 12th, 2017 6:23 pm

    This resource is an excellent development. It presents both the figures and associated graphics in a user-friendly, effective format. Well done.

    If future editions will allow a more extensive time series examination, that would be really, really great.

    Also, at some point, being able to see the next level down (county+zip) would be even better.

    Tony Roberts
    Regulatory Specialist
    Consumer Federation of California

  • BLS July 7th, 2017 3:56 pm

    These are gross wages before taxes.

  • BSB July 5th, 2017 5:15 pm

    Is the average weekly wage net of taxes or gross?

  • Andrew March 2nd, 2017 1:52 pm

    Really needs MSA analysis capability.

  • Anonymous May 19th, 2016 10:50 am

    Great resource. It would be helpful if there was a print option for the report that was organized simply and could be saved as a PDF. Also, a table with all industries listing a detail by industry would be helpful.

  • BLS June 19th, 2015 8:50 am

    The QCEW State and County map application functions properly when accessed using Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. The application does not currently function when accessed with the Chrome browser.

  • SK June 18th, 2015 11:54 am

    My colleagues and I can no longer get the map part of the application to work. It says it’s ‘initializing’, but then just spins and spins. Too bad because it is a good application.

  • Toby March 13th, 2015 9:01 am

    I’d like to see not only urban areas, but info on zip codes containing ghettos, since those are particular problem areas.

  • Toby March 13th, 2015 8:58 am

    I’d like to see a category for small business or maybe all categories of business.

    Thanks, this is a great tool!


  • BLS November 12th, 2014 7:44 am

    This collection of maps does not currently include maps for metropolitan areas, although it is a possibility we will consider. Data for metropolitan areas are available from the QCEW data-retrieval tool at

    Another BLS publication, The Economics Daily, occasionally presents maps for metropolitan areas. Please see

  • Martin November 4th, 2014 10:55 pm

    Pretty nice maps. Do you provide metropolitan area type map as well ?

  • Jim Davis July 19th, 2014 9:56 pm

    Wow. Good stuff.

  • BLS June 20th, 2014 9:01 am

    BLS produces a number of maps, but most of them are about employment or unemployment. We’ve never produced a CPI map, at least not recently, but it’s an idea we will consider. Thanks for suggesting it. The geographic detail available for the CPI is somewhat limited, but the entire CPI database for the U.S. city average and for some individual metropolitan areas is available at

  • user June 19th, 2014 3:53 pm

    the map won’t load. considering all I’ve been looking for is a regional map of CPI for the US, your site has been useless towards that end.

  • Analyst March 7th, 2014 9:25 am

    Great feature.
    If functionality to adjust the date range is added this would be perfect for my projects.

  • Tom January 29th, 2014 2:37 pm

    Please breakdown industry subsectors by NAICS codes for the purpose of mapping as well. So, for example, I should be able to select NAICS code 332 (fabricated metal product mfg) under manufacturing industry, and then map the variable of interest (i.e. no. of establishments, employment, earnings etc.). Otherwise, this is a powerful and handy tool for research and presentations. Keep up the good work.

  • BLS November 19th, 2013 2:28 pm

    Data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) are available about 6 months after the end of each quarter. The reason for the lag is that the QCEW is a comprehensive count of all workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance programs, and it takes several months to review and ensure the accuracy of data from more than 9 million private establishments and government agencies.

  • John Canady November 19th, 2013 7:57 am

    Excellent resource tool, how much lag will there be between Quarterly updates? We’re now in the last Quarter of 2013 and the last update is Q1 2013, hopefully this will improve.

  • Bob Atkins July 12th, 2013 9:34 pm

    Not a useful app. The people who come want stats they can quickly find and download, not pretty pictures. We are analysts and economists, usually in a hurry. The java interface is just a pain.

  • GeoffT May 2nd, 2013 1:11 am

    While of course you are correct that precision to more than one decimal place would not be analytically meaningful, this issue does mean that in the (common) event of multi-way ties a state can be shown rather higher or lower in the rankings than it is – and consistently so at that – simply on account of its name rather than the data.

    In the latest quarterly data for annual total job growth I count 39 of the 50 states are involved in 13 different ties, the biggest being the 8-way tie for 1.1% growth and 26th place. The potential is clearly there for giving the impression that an actually 26th-ranked state is in 33rd simply because of its name, and that is, I daresay, a significant error especially since it can be repeated over time.

  • BLS April 8th, 2013 4:09 pm

    You are correct about the rules for ranking. We don’t round beyond one decimal place because doing so would imply a level of precision that is not analytically meaningful.

  • GeoffT March 28th, 2013 6:16 pm

    You seem to have a minor bug when it comes to ranking states by e.g. employment percentage change: the rule seems to be to order by the rounded-to-nearest-0.1% value, then alphabetically (the latter always ascending).

    So for instance with today’s 2012Q3 data, Ohio is shown as being in 23rd in the private sector when sorting by employment percentage growth descending, 26th if you sort by employment percentage growth ascending. It’s actually 26th when I dig into the underlying data.

    Could the sorting be done by the precise percentage change regardless of how many digits are displayed?

  • BLS March 11th, 2013 8:51 am

    The Beta Data Finder tool enables users to save results in a .xls or .csv file. To obtain unemployment rates, or changes in unemployment rates, for states, start by selecting “Area” under the Topics category on the left side of the screen, and then choose “Unemployment” under Measures.

  • Mohammed Ahme March 10th, 2013 1:32 pm

    Need Unemployment Rate “Over-the-Year Change in Unemployment Rates for States”
    exel file

  • Ethan Kirl February 11th, 2013 2:25 pm

    As an advisor to students seeking employment in the health field, I hope to see future iterations where employment projection data from more specific parameters can be viewed. So far, pretty awesome. It’s a very attractive display of data!

  • Andrew Tull January 10th, 2013 12:27 pm

    You’ve broken the mold, data presented in an intuitive and interesting way! Bravo! Keep this up and EMSI will have some competition. I would like to see a way to expand the timeframe, great snapshot though.

  • Anonymous January 9th, 2013 2:09 pm

    wow interesting

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  • BLS November 30th, 2012 7:30 am

    There is not currently a way to view all U.S. counties at once through this tool, but that is a feature we will consider adding. Thanks for the suggestion.

    It is possible to view data for all U.S. counties through a series of Excel files available in FTP directories on the BLS website. Each Excel file provides data for a single quarter for every county in the United States. The most recent data currently available in this format, for the first quarter of 2012, can be found at Files in this format are available back to 1990. For the entire series of files, go to Each year is available in a separate folder. For each year, choose the “high level county” folder to obtain the Excel files for each quarter of the year.

  • Anonymous November 20th, 2012 11:39 am

    Great tool! Is there a way to view all the counties in the US without clicking each state individually?

  • Anonymous October 19th, 2012 2:17 pm

    This is the direction we need to take US data. This is a HUGE step in the right direction. Great thought was put into this…it needs a little tweaking but I expect data to be mapped this beautiful in all corners of our government.

  • John October 19th, 2012 11:48 am

    This webpage doesn’t appear to load correctly while using a google chrome browser, which, according to’s September 2012 global stats, is the most popular browser in the world (34% to 32.7% for ie).

  • anonymous October 2nd, 2012 10:04 pm

    Fantastic–build on this and it will be a tremendously useful tool.

  • BLS August 3rd, 2012 2:39 pm

    The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) obtains industry data at a very detailed level, but no occupational data are collected in the QCEW. The QCEW is a census that provides the sampling frame, stratified by industry and geography, for the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey and National Compensation Survey (NCS). The occupational data are collected in those surveys, not in the QCEW.

  • H.D. Pitts August 3rd, 2012 2:20 pm

    Map was interesting but needs to provide occupational data at a lower level consistent with other surveys that BLS completes, e.d. NCS. For example, it would be useful to see data for computer and mathematical occupations so that it can be compared to NCS/OES data. This would enhance research. The tool is a great application of geospational technology.

  • Warren Suliv June 1st, 2012 11:30 am

    I am a high school teacher and showed this map to my students. I can’t tell you how excited they were to see something cool like this. Good job. Physician Assistant Schools

  • Anonymous June 1st, 2012 4:07 am

    Really creative and useful.

  • Anonymous April 18th, 2012 2:23 pm

    It would be nice if the industries tab was as specific as the OES is when creating tables. Otherwise, this is pretty nice.

  • Gage Hintzen December 26th, 2011 3:00 am

    Very Useful

  • Gage Hintzen December 26th, 2011 2:57 am

    Very Usefull

  • linda breeding December 14th, 2011 1:03 pm

    i think its cool

  • Ashlynn December 13th, 2011 7:04 pm

    i would just like to say that this is a very good website thanks for sharing.

  • Jordan Mason November 19th, 2011 12:43 am

    Typically, I despise federal websites as they are hard-to-use and ineffective. This is a wonderful tool, easy-to-use, and effective for the information extraction it was intended for.

    My hats off to you.

  • Sachin November 10th, 2011 11:58 am

    This is a great way of illustrating the QCEW data. We would love to see how we can further develop it for our state (Louisiana) with other datasets that we recieve.

  • Anonymous October 31st, 2011 4:39 pm

    Would be nice if we could get to subsectors – i.e. split out health services from education

  • Anonymous September 7th, 2011 2:30 pm

    this is the best website ever ( not really)

  • Mary Kurtz August 23rd, 2011 12:09 pm

    The QCEW State and County Map is excellent! I am an educator and a doctoral student. I am constantly looking at census data to examine trends and to evaluate their impact on education. I first found this excellent tool after reading an article in The Population Bulletin. It took a while for me to actually find this map and then the next day I also had trouble finding it. Now I have it bookmarked. I did notice today some of the columns are distorted for some reason but I imagine that is a temporary problem. I like being able to query the data in different ways and being able to export to Excel. This is a wonderful tool. Thank you for providing this.

  • Joseph Turner May 31st, 2011 2:52 pm

    You folks have done a terrific job by creating such a great a graphic and data set. I teach classes for the state of Michigan, host a web page and volunteer in the local school system. Information of this type, provided by an impartial third party is so valuable. A good deal of my time is spent convincing students that Americans are still the most productive of the world’s employees and they are doing things as good or better than other parts of the world. Data like that you’ve generated provides a solid footing from which we can move to a “can do” attitude instead fretting about a changing world. I doubt that you ever thought of yourself as performing a patriotic act when you put this data together. However, I assure you, your data can be put to use to guide government leaders and students who are faced with real life obstacles. It is a component I think our students of economic development should have in their toolbox.

    Thank you for helping me help these local government administrators find information of use to them and their citizens..

    Best regards,

    Joe Turner, Instructor
    Michigan Assessors Association

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