The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program collects the number of employers or reporting units, monthly employment, average employment, total wages, and average wages by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The count covers 98% of U.S. jobs available by industry at the county, Metropolitan Statistical Areas, state and national levels; by major industry or by detailed industry categories.

Geographic Coverage: Statewide, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), Counties, and Workforce Regions. 
Frequency: Quarterly and Annually

Industry Reclassification

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program (QCEW) periodically reviews specific industries and/or companies to determine whether they are correctly classified.   Changes in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and/or county codes as a result of these reviews are considered non-economic and are introduced during the first quarter of each year.

With the publication of 1st quarter 2019 QCEW data, approximately 20,000 employees were shifted from the retail trade industry to the warehousing industry due to such a review.  This change affects statewide, Duval, Hillsborough, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Pinellas, and Polk counties.

Metropolitan Statistical Area Changes

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program (QCEW) introduced new Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) definitions beginning with the first quarter of 2014.  Please see the table below for changes.

Area Name  Change Component Counties
 Crestview-Ft. Walton Beach-Destin MSA Added Walton County Okaloosa and Walton
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach MSA Added Flagler County Flagler and Volusia
 Homosassa Springs MSA New MSA Citrus
 Panama City MSA Added Gulf County Bay and Gulf
 Sebring MSA New MSA Highlands
 The Villages MSA New MSA Sumter


QCEW Data 

Quarterly NAICS Files for 2023

Excel Tables  


Annual NAICS Files

Excel Tables  


Average Annual Wages

Excel Tables  

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2022 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Revision

With the release of 1st quarter 2022 data, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program converted to the 2022 version of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  This conversion resulted in minor changes to the data and more accurately reflects the business activities in selected industries.  For further information on the revision, please click on Industry Changes to County Employment and Wage Data.  For a crosswalk from the .2017 NAICS to 2022 NAICS, go to NAICS17 to NAICS22. 

Business Employment Dynamics

Business Employment Dynamics (BED) is a set of statistics generated from the QCEW program. These quarterly data series, beginning in 1992, consist of gross job gains and gross job losses for statewide private sector totals only. These data are published approximately eight months after the end of the quarter.

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