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Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages Program

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program data is developed through a cooperative agreement between the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The QCEW program, formerly known as ES-202, provides monthly employment and quarterly wages by industry, location, and size of employer. The QCEW program derives its data from quarterly tax reports submitted by employers subject to Rhode Island's Unemployment Insurance law (i.e. Covered Employment). This information is supplemented with data collected from government agencies and businesses with multiple locations.

RI Employment by Major Industry Sector (.xlsx)
Rhode Island Covered Employment and Wages
2019 Statewide Employment by Industry Sector
Number of Units  Average Employment Average Annual  Wage
Private & Government  38,845 485,504 $54,926
Private Only  38,123 424,358 $52,927
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 183 933 $36,137
Mining 16 188 $58,482
Utilities 48 1,115 $111,617
Construction 3,833 19,981 $63,393
Manufacturing 1,648 39,740 $60,290
Wholesale Trade 2,941 16,590 $76,915
Retail Trade 3,823 48,014 $33,253
Transportation & Warehousing 833 10,876 $43,129
Information 714 5,877 $76,386
Finance & Insurance 1,746 25,796 $101,782
Real Estate, Rental & Leasing 1,178 6,422 $50,417
Professional & Technical Services 5,681 25,687 $81,592
Management of Companies & Enterprises 283 13,223 $107,906
Administrative & Waste Services 3,070 29,325 $39,177
Educational Services 690 20,986 $54,188
Health Care & Social Assistance 3,971 81,431 $49,474
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 648 7,882 $29,956
Accommodation & Food Services 3,224 52,093 $22,741
Other Services 3,532 18,146 $34,517
 (Except Public Administration)
Unclassified 72 52 $73,503
Government 722 61,146 $68,794
        Federal 187 11,162 $84,535
        State 136 17,390 $72,439
        Local 399 32,594 $61,460
Employment changes may be influenced by noneconomic code changes resulting from NAICS revisions and / or changes in employers reporting methods.
Source: Labor Market Information Division
                Department of Labor & Training
                Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW)
Business Employment Dynamics (BED) – is a quarterly series of gross job gains and gross job losses statistics for the entire economy. Gross job gains and gross job losses reveal some aspects of business dynamics, including establishment openings and closings and establishment expansions and contractions. The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics generates this data from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. Data is provided for all States from 1992 forward.

Data is available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the following sites: www.bls.gov/bdm or www.bls.gov/bdm/bdmstate.htm.



 
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