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Local Employment Dynamics FAQs

Who Uses LED Data?

LED data are used by businesses, job seekers, workforce and economic development agencies, Chambers of Commerce, educational institutions, Workforce Investment Boards, school career counselors, job search professionals, transportation planners and federal, state and local agencies.

What are the eight Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) displayed on QWI Online?

Quarterly Workforce Indicators: Provide a variety of employment-related data, many of which are unavailable elsewhere, including:
  • Total Employment
  • Net Job Flows
  • Job Creation
  • New Hires
  • Separations
  • Turnover
  • Average Monthly Earnings
  • Average New Hire Earnings

QWI data are available for the following levels of geography:

  • Statewide
  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas
  • Counties
  • Workforce Investment Areas

How do the QWIs Compare with Other Economic Data Series?

The concepts of economic measurements in LED data differ from other economic data series published by the New York State Department of Labor such as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, and the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Program. Employment trends from LED program data should roughly coincide with and parallel employment trends from other data sources.

What Time Period do the QWIs Cover?

A complete set of QWIs is available for New York State from second quarter 2000 forward. The latest complete set of QWIs will generally lag one year from the current quarter.

Where Can I Find Variable Definitions for the QWIs?

QWI Variable Descriptions

What is Industry Focus?

Industry Focus: This tool allows data users to perform customized rankings of industries in their county or region using any of the Quarterly Workforce Indicators outlined above. It can quickly answer questions such as:

  • What are the top ten industries in terms of growth in hiring?
  • What industries have the most new hires?
  • Which industries have the largest growth in average monthly earnings?
The Industry Focus feature also allows users to choose a specific industry of interest, and immediately see how that industry ranks based on various workforce indictors. This tool also produces charts and tables of the characteristics of workers in specific industries.

What is OnTheMap?

OnTheMap: This web-based tool allows users to map where people live in relation to where they work with reports on age, race, ethnicity, educational attainment, earnings, industry distribution, and local workforce indicators. Data are available at the sub-county level.

Who do I contact with questions?

To report data anomalies or for more information concerning the New York State Local Employment Dynamics program, please contact:

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