Employment & Wages by NAICS (Imputed CEW Data) in Data Library

INTRODUCTION

The Employment & Wages by NAICS (Imputed CEW Data) for all counties and states in the U.S. are available going back to 2001. The Census of Employment and Wages (CEW) data found in Data Library is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) with added imputed values for non-disclosures. Due to the level of detail and historic data available, the Employment & Wages by NAICS data is ideal for running statistical analyses. This Imputed CEW data is useful for completing trend analyses and deep dives into U.S. wage and salary employment and income information. Drilling down into specific Industry data allows for users to more precisely define the Industry they wish to analyze at a granular level.

OVERVIEW

The BLS collects a quarterly count of wage and salary employment and wages across the U.S. called the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). It uses data that is reported by employers covering more than 95% (see related articles section for more details on sector coverage) of jobs across the country. Data is then made available at the county, state, and national levels. The BLS also releases the annual CEW data. The data contains wage and salary employment, wages, and establishments in a given sector and area (down to the county level) and contains this information at the 6-digit NAICS level. This allows for even greater detail in specific modeling scenarios. However, there are certain non-disclosures within their data; IMPLAN adds value by filling in these non-disclosures based on existing data to be able to provide a complete picture. Read more in our support article Estimating Non-Disclosed CEW Values.

DASHBOARD

This Dashboard includes 2 tiles:

  • Ownership is a column chart stacking the filtered Metric (by default Employment) categorized by Ownership (Federal Government, State Government, Local Government, or Private) over Data Years for the Filtered Region (by default the United States).
  • Imputed CEW Table is a table chart showing the filter Metric (by default Employment) by NAICS (by default at the 2-digit NAICS level).

When viewing a Dashboard, use the filters to change the data points displayed. Filter options include:

  • Dollar Type: by default dollars are displayed in Real dollars, see Dollar Year.
  • Data Year: no default set, both tiles show all Data Years available.
  • Dollar Year: by default dollars are shown in current year dollars.
  • Region Type: United States by default. 
  • NAICS Level: 2 Digit NAICS by default. 
  • Disclosure: no default set, by default disclosed and undisclosed (IMPLAN estimated) data are included.
  • Ownership: no default set, the Ownership chart displays ownership, and the Imputed CEW Table displays data for all types of ownership by default. 
  • State: no default set. To filter by State, update Region Type to State.
  • County: no default set. To filter by County update Region Type to County.
  • Metric: by default Employment.

The Dashboard Actions in the upper right provides more options such as downloading the Dashboard to a PDF. On each tile, click the Tile actions (a series of three vertical dots that appear in the upper right of a tile when hovering over it with a cursor) for the option to download the data within that tile. Select Explore from here within the Tile actions to access more data query options. Exploring from the Dashboard allows users to dig into the data starting from the settings within the Dashboard tile. 

EXPLORE

Explore the Employment & Wages by NAICS Data by selecting Employment & Wages by NAICS (Imputed CEW Data) from the Explore dropdown menu, or by selecting Explore from here from the Tax Data Dashboard Tile or Look. 

By default in Explore, the Dollar Type is Real, the Dollar Year is the current year, and the Data Year is the most recent Data Year. With this setting, all dollar values included in a data query will be adjusted for inflation and displayed in current year dollars. It is recommended to always either filter or pivot on Data Year. Otherwise, data measures will be summed over Data Years. Region Type is by default State. Data queries will include State level tax data with this setting. 

FILTER-ONLY FIELDS

DOLLAR TYPE

When Dollar Type is Real, Nominal dollar values are adjusted for inflation/deflation such that each dollar value Measures will be displayed in the selected Dollar Year(s).  Dollar Year only applies when Dollar Type is Real. 

When Dollar Type is Nominal, dollar value Measures will be unadjusted, therefore they will be displayed in the same Dollar Year as the Data Year.

FIELD PICKER

The Field Picker allows users to pick any one of the Measures from the filter dropdown menu. The Measure titled “Metric” to do so is tied to the Field Picker.  Select, filter, and/or pivot on this measure in order to include in data query. 

REGION TYPE

View State level taxes by choosing State as the Region Type. Choosing County as the Region level will list County level taxes in the query. 

To view state level data, select State in the Tax Region Type filter and select State as a Dimension. To pull county level data, select County in the Region Type filter and select County as a Dimension. Due to the nature of how this data is structured, it is not possible to filter and/or include two different Region Types within a query in the standard way. This can get murky when attempting to see results by County, for a filtered State, which is a common thing to do for all Explores in Data Library.

To view county level data for a specific state, users will have to select County in the Region Type filter and select County as a Dimension. Users will also have to select County as a Filter. Within the County filter, select Contains from the qualifying field dropdown. Now, within the County filter type the name of the state to filter on. This will display data for all counties that exist within the filtered state. 

 

DIMENSIONS 

Select a Dimension to include as a column with all Dimension possibilities.

 

Click Filter on a Dimension to specify which Dimension possibilities appear in the data query. 

Click Pivot on a Dimension to transpose the Dimension rows into columns. 

Dimensions Details
County All U.S. counties are possible Dimensions. 
Data Year All IMPLAN Data Years are possible Dimensions, other than the quarterly COVID datasets. 
Disclosure Indicates whether the value was published publicly by the BLS (disclosure = 0 - Fully Disclosed) or estimated by IMPLAN (disclosure = 1 - IMPLAN Estimated).
Disclosure Code Indicates whether the value was published publicly by the BLS (disclosure code = 0) or estimated by IMPLAN (disclosure code = 1).
Dollar Year

Years 1997 through 2060 are possible Dimensions. Dollar Year only applies when Dollar Type is Real. 

When Dollar Type is Real, Nominal dollar values are adjusted to be in the selected Dollar Year(s). When Filtering by multiple Dollar Years, select or pivot on Dollar Year to prevent potential double counting.

Five Digit Fips

A Five Digit Fips is a county code. The first two digits indicate the state and the following three digits indicate the county. All U.S. Five Digit Fips codes are possible Dimensions. 

This Dimension is used to map the data in the County View Map Chart found on the Dashboard. A list of FIPS codes can be found at the following link: 


https://www.census.gov/library/reference/code-lists/ansi.html#top

NAICS

NAICS stands for North American Industry Classification System.


All NAICS descriptions are possible Dimensions. The NAICS descriptions included in this Dimension will depend on the NAICS Level. 

NAICS Code All NAICS Codes are possible Dimensions. The NAICS Codes included in this Dimension will depend on the NAICS Level. 
NAICS Level The NAICS Level option allows users to display data by either 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 Digit NAICS Codes.
Ownership

The following are possible Ownership Dimensions:

1 - Federal Government

2 - State Government 

3 - Local Government
5 - Private 

Ownership denotes the type of Ownership of an Establishment. 

Ownership Code 

1, 2, 3, and 5 are possible Ownership Code Dimensions. See the Ownership Dimension above for the corresponding Ownership type for each code.  

Ownership denotes the type of Ownership of an Establishment. 

Region 

All 50 States plus the District of Columbia are possible Dimensions. 

Pivoting or selecting Region will display filtered states when filtering on state and will display filtered counties when filtering on county. 

State All 50 States plus the District of Columbia are possible Dimensions. 

 

MEASURES

Measures are displayed based on Dimension settings. Select a Measure to include as a column in the data query. 

Measures Details
Employment Headcount of salaried or wage-earning employees; excluding Proprietors. 
Establishments Count of establishments.
Metric Metric is recommended to be selected in conjunction with a Field Picker filter (a Filter-Only Field). This is a helpful Dashboard option. 
Wages Total wage and salary income. Does not include benefits, payroll taxes, or any other supplements to wages.

 

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Written August 30, 2023