This area provides a short description of the following programs and data elements. Links are also provided for those who would like more detailed descriptions.
The QCEW program is a comprehensive and accurate source of employment and wage data, by industry, at the national, State, and county levels. It provides a
virtual census of nonagricultural employees and their wages. In addition, about 47 percent of all workers in agricultural industries are covered. Jobs that are
exempt or not covered by UI law are not included in tabulations. Data collected by the program are used as a sampling frame for other BLS surveys and as an
input to other Federal and State programs. The data play a central role in monitoring the economy, and are used to evaluate labor trends, time series
analysis, industry developments and comparisons, and in studies of employment growth and wages by size of establishment. The program similarly provides data necessary
for UI reporting and administration of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) program.
Cautionary note to users: - The data reported on WORKnet may not match the information posted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
as they continue to process the data after we publish. Comparisons between Wisconsin and other states should use the information from BLS
Contact: Deb Holt - (608) 266-5321
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW / ES202) Query
In cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the State of Wisconsin conducts the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey to collect data each month on
employment, hours, and earnings from a sample of nonfarm establishments (including government).
The survey is often called the establishment survey or payroll survey. The sample includes over 7,000 reporting units in Wisconsin. From these data,
employment, hours, and earnings estimates are produced for various industry detail at the state and the major metropolitan statistical area level.
The data are published each month and are considered one of the earliest indicators of the state's economic health in terms of employment.
Cautionary note to users: 11/18/2010 - New methodological procedures by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) require state employment estimates to be in
closer alignment with the national estimate. This results in increased volatility in employment statistics from month to month.
Contact: - Andy Peters - (608) 266-5322
Current Employment Statistics (CES) Query
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program develops monthly estimates of the labor force, employment, unemployment, and
unemployment rates for the State of Wisconsin, all counties, Workforce Development Areas, Small
Labor Market Areas, Metropolitan Divisions, Combined Statistical Areas, Metropolitan Statistical Areas, and cities with a population of at least
In Wisconsin, data are produced using models, which combine current and historical data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Current
Employment Statistics (CES) program, the state Unemployment Insurance (UI) system, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, and the Decennial Census.
Current LAUS estimates serve a variety of functions. For example, they are used as a basis for allocating Federal funds, as an indication of need for employment and training
programs, and as a tool for planning and budgetary purposes.
Contact: Heather Thompson - (608) 267-5053
Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Query
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a joint effort of the U.S. Departmentof Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Wisconsin
Department of Workforce Development. The survey attempts to determine the occupations that are in demand, the number of employees in each occupation,
and the wages paid to employees in those occupations. The survey generates estimates of the mean wage, the median wage, the 10th percentile wage,
the 25th percentile wage, the 75th percentile wage and the 90th percentile wage for about 800 occupations. Separate wage and employment estimates are published
for the state, for each of the 13 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in Wisconsin and for each of the five Balance of State(BOS) areas.
In 2004, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) redefined many of the nation’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA). At that time, they also gave states
the opportunity to redefine their Balance of State (BOS) areas. These areas consist of counties that are not part of an MSA. Wisconsin has defined five such areas,
the maximum allowed. The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program implemented these changes with the release of the May 2005 estimates.
The OES sample in Wisconsin consists of about 10,000 firms with a total employment of roughly 650,000 employees. Roughly one-half of these firms are contacted from
May through January and the other half from November through July.
BLS requires we obtain information from firms containing at least 65% of the employment in the overall sample. It also requires we collect data from a minimum of 75%
of the sampled units or 75% of the sampled employment in each of the MSAs and BOS areas.
Contact: Nelse Grundvig - (608) 266-2930
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Query
The Mass Layoffs Statistics (MLS) program is a Federal-State cooperative statistical effort which uses a standardized, automated
approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from individual state unemployment insurance (UI) databases.
The MLS program reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs. Monthly mass layoff numbers are from
establishments which have at least fifty (50) initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) filed against them in a 5-week period.
Extended mass layoff numbers (released quarterly) are from a subset of such establishments, those where the employer indicates that 50 or more
people were separated from their jobs for at least 31 days.
The MLS program was discontinued on June 30, 2013, as a result of the cuts under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act (commonly referred to as sequestration).
Contact: Sheila Keyes - (608) 267-9611
The Projections Unit of the Office of Economic Advisors develops both long- and short-term outlooks of employment
in Wisconsin's industries and occupations. Employment includes all nonfarm wage and salary employment and nonfarm self-employment. Employment in approximately
90 industries and 770 occupations is examined.
The long-term projections are for ten years out into the future and are updated every two years. The short-term projections are for two years into the future
and are updated annually. Projections are done for Wisconsin as a whole and for workforce development areas (WDAs).
Long-term projections assist customers in long-range planning, while short-term projections help inform customers of more immediate employment conditions.
Students, job seekers, and counselors may use the projections to explore employment in occupations and industries. Educational institutions may use occupational
projections to evaluate degree and/or course offerings. Researchers may use the data in analyses of Wisconsin’s labor market. Employers may use the data to examine
expected employment in industries and occupations.
All projections are subject to the economic, demographic, and social forces
occurring at the time the projections are prepared. Anticipated changes in
these forces are taken into account when developing the projections, but it is
impossible to predict the nature and implications of all changes. It is
important to note that unanticipated events may affect the accuracy of the
This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training
John Westbury - (608) 267-9607
Industry Projections Query
Occupation Projections Query
Projections Matrix Query
The occupational wage and employment data provided at the County level are estimates based on the Estimates Delivery System (EDS) developed by the State
of North Carolina and used in a number of other states. These estimates are not intended to be quoted in any official or certifying capacity. The data are
intended to show occupational wages at a smaller geographic detail than what is normally offered via other Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys.
Contact: Nelse Grundvig - (608) 266-2930
County Wages and Employment by Occupation Query