Quarterly workforce indicators (QWI)

The quarterly workforce indicators (QWI) provide local labor market statistics by industry, worker demographics, employer age and size. Unlike statistics tabulated from firm or person-level data, the QWI source data are unique job-level data that link workers to their employers. Because of this link, labor market data in the QWI is available by worker age, sex, educational attainment, and race/ethnicity. This allows for analysis by demographics of a particular local labor market or industry – for instance, identifying industries with aging workforces. Links between workers and firms also allow the QWI to identify worker flows – hires, separations, and turnover – as well as net employment growth.

The data are available and can be selected by state, county, metro/micropolitan area and workforce investment area (WIA). An overview of the QWI tool (PDF) and its workforce indicators, along with the QWI Explorer document (PDF highlighting this new, web-based analysis tool), will help in understanding how to make use of this data.   

In the QWI Explorer tool, choices below “filters/aggregations” allow you to select your sub-state geographic area preference by clicking on the “none” link (default). Under geography type, select the area you want and a dropdown box will appear allowing you to select a particular county, metro/micropolitan area or WIA. Help and documentation links are located at the upper right area of the QWI Explorer page.