National Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)
Lars Vilhuber and John Abowd
Partial support from Census Bureau, with support from the Edmund Ezra Day chair at the Department of Economics, Cornell University.
The Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) are local labor market data produced and released every quarter by the United States Census Bureau. Unlike any other local labor market series produced in the U.S. or the rest of the world, the QWI measure employment flows for workers (accession and separations), jobs (creations and destructions) and earnings for demographic subgroups (age and sex), economic industry (NAICS industry groups), and detailed geography (county, Core-Based Statistical Area, and Workforce Investment Area, as well as experimental, unreleased block-level estimates). The current QWI data cover 47 states and about 98% of the private workforce in each of those states.
We have used the existing public-use data (and only those public-use data) to construct the first national estimates. The national estimates are an important enhancement to existing series because they include demographic and industry detail for both worker and job flows compiled from data that have been integrated at the micro-level by the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program at the Census Bureau. The research paper (see below) compares the new estimates to national data published by the BLS from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages and the Business Employment Dynamics series.
- Dynamically consistent noise infusion and partially synthetic data as confidentiality protection measures for related time-series
- John M. Abowd and Lars Vilhuber, "National Estimates of Gross Employment and Job Flows from the Quarterly Workforce Indicators with Demographic and Industry Detail", Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 161(1), pages 82-99, March 2011. A working paper version appeared in 2010 as Center for Economic Studies Working Paper 10-11, U.S. Census Bureau.