Employment information by place of work is based on quarterly reports from employers covered under New York State's Unemployment Insurance Law. Data by industry (using the new NAICS classification system) include employment; total and average wages; and, the number of establishments for the time period selected (annual or quarterly.) Data is available for New York State, metropolitan areas, and counties. State law prohibits us from disclosing information that would reveal the identity of individual employers. Data is available about six months following the end of the reported quarter and is less current than non-farm employment estimates.
The entire set of currently available NAICS-based Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data from 2000 to the present is available by downloading the file qcew.zip. This compressed archive consists of two comma-separated-value (CSV) data files (qcew_annual.txt and qcew_quarter.txt) and a layout file (readme.txt). It can be uncompressed with either the winzip or pkunzip utility programs. After extracting the files from the archive, they may be imported into a spreadsheet application. The text and data should parse automatically into columns. Prior to 2018, data are available down to the 3-digit NAICS level. For 2018 going forward, data in the qcew.zip file are available down to the six-digit level.
A snapshot of the current quarter data by size class is available for statewide industry sectors by downloading this Excel file: Employment and Wages by Firm Size.
For more information concerning the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), see Technical Notes. For additional information on the various sources of employment data, see comparing sources of employment data.
Data Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, developed through a cooperative program between the State of New York and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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