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QCEW Data Released

Wed, 06/15/2022

 

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data released

Employment Data Shows Return of Leisure and Hospitality Jobs

Columbia, S.C. – While the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) reports the Employment Situation monthly, DEW’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produce a great deal of data. This information is collected using various methods and is published on different timelines. Each quarter, DEW and BLS publish the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). This information covers the count of employment and wages as reported by employers in the State Unemployment Insurance Tax System (SUITS).

How is this different from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) jobs that are reported in the Employment Situation? There are a few key differences:

  1. CES is a survey of employers to generate an estimate of jobs and wages, while QCEW is a census, or a complete count of jobs in the state.
  2. Because the QCEW is an actual count, and therefore more accurate, it takes longer to gather the information and so the lag time in the reporting is larger. The CES data are released monthly. The information in today’s release is for the fourth quarter of 2021.
  3. QCEW data are used when geographic or industrial detail is needed, since CES is not available by county or for groups of employers smaller than broad economic sectors.

While neither includes contractors or the self-employed, as they do not pay unemployment insurance taxes, QCEW data are extremely helpful because it is based on hard numbers that are a reliable count of jobs and help explore employment trends throughout the year.

In last Wednesday’s release, there were 2,138,981 jobs statewide in Q4 2021. This is nearly equal to the pre-pandemic figure two years prior of 2,142,551. Perhaps surprisingly, in that time, the number of establishments statewide increased from 141,360 to 155,780, up 10 percent, with gains concentrated in Professional and Technical Services and Health Care and Social Assistance. In addition, average weekly wages grew from $931 to $1,101, an 18 percent increase.

Leisure and hospitality businesses were particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with demand for travel collapsing and many restaurants and bars facing operating challenges. While recovery has been a rough road, and the difficulty finding workers has introduced complications, the degree to which these businesses have bounced back to serve both residents and tourists alike is impressive.

“In April 2020, Leisure and Hospitality—consisting of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation and Accommodation and Food Services—were only employing about 155,000 people versus roughly 268,000 before the pandemic. Today, nearly all those jobs have returned, and average weekly wages are up more than 20 percent,” said DEW Research and Planning Administrator Brandi Caldwell, who manages the QCEW team.

The county data in this release showed the largest relative job increases over the past two years were seen in Edgefield (+5.0 percent), Newberry (+4.4 percent), and Kershaw (+3.3 percent). In terms of raw numbers, the three counties with the greatest increases in that time were Anderson (+1,162), Spartanburg (+1,038), and Berkeley (+953). Every county saw average wages increase, and all but four saw the total number of establishments increase.

“This is another indication that our state’s labor market is showing incredible strength as we enter the third year of economic recovery,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey. “South Carolina is a great place to start a business, as many thousands of owners have discovered, and our workers are benefiting from the prosperity that is being created.”

“It is worth noting that, if anything, these figures likely understate job creation in South Carolina,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce LMI Director Dr. Bryan Grady. “The volume of data produced by the QCEW program is simply immense, but it does not include data on people who decided to bet on themselves and work as a proprietor or contractor during the pandemic. In our Local Area Unemployment Statistics data, there were an estimated 2,312,616 people working in South Carolina in April, exceeding pre-pandemic highs set in 2019 by nearly 50,000.”

For more information, interested parties can review the attached tables and contact communications@dew.sc.gov with any press inquiries or interview requests for the LMI Division. The full data set is available on our website at https://jobs.scworks.org/qcew. For questions about these data and more, feel free to email lmicustomerservice@dew.sc.gov. The monthly Employment Situation report will be released on Friday, June 17, detailing May workforce data.

 

 

Establishments, Employment, and Average Weekly Wage (AWW) by Industry

Economic Sector

4th Quarter 2021

4th Quarter 2019

Firms

Jobs

AWW*

Firms

Jobs

AWW*

Total, All Industries

155,780

2,138,931

$1,101

141,360

2,142,551

$931

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

1,262

10,658

$925

1,212

10,540

$795

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

157

1,980

$1,579

137

1,940

$1,375

Utilities

612

15,775

$1,831

492

16,360

$1,623

Construction

13,554

105,685

$1,341

12,977

106,544

$1,154

Manufacturing

7,326

253,903

$1,338

6,480

257,244

$1,193

Wholesale Trade

9,238

76,935

$1,677

8,871

73,379

$1,446

Retail Trade

18,936

259,539

$700

18,126

256,451

$564

Transportation and Warehousing

4,565

91,321

$1,039

4,042

81,758

$921

Information

4,274

30,457

$1,625

3,021

28,256

$1,265

Finance and Insurance

9,380

76,326

$1,655

8,006

71,648

$1,371

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

7,318

32,577

$1,259

6,420

32,768

$999

Professional and Technical Services

23,766

111,057

$1,826

19,637

105,186

$1,571

Management of Companies and Enterprises

1,242

25,100

$2,020

1,085

25,231

$1,675

Administrative and Waste Services

9,612

171,973

$870

8,887

173,013

$707

Educational Services

3,181

173,224

$975

2,872

178,204

$870

Health Care and Social Assistance

14,914

281,055

$1,239

11,471

282,912

$1,057

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

2,338

32,449

$543

2,168

34,099

$449

Accommodation and Food Services

11,752

220,993

$456

11,386

234,360

$364

Other Services, Except Public Administration

10,505

52,825

$869

12,229

55,497

$702

Public Administration

1,848

115,148

$1,086

1,826

117,117

$954

*Average Weekly Wage

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce / U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Establishments, Employment, and Average Weekly Wage (AWW) by County

County

4th Quarter 2021

4th Quarter 2019

Firms

Jobs

AWW*

Firms

Jobs

AWW*

 

Total, State

155,780

2,138,931

$1,101

141,360

2,142,551

$931

 

Abbeville

376

5,491

$908

359

5,613

$807

 

Aiken

3,288

60,131

$1,152

3,106

61,758

$1,018

 

Allendale

171

2,413

$1,013

165

2,674

$862

 

Anderson

4,003

68,829

$968

3,764

67,667

$820

 

Bamberg

295

3,424

$836

294

3,649

$726

 

Barnwell

395

4,752

$792

402

5,263

$741

 

Beaufort

6,764

67,537

$1,014

6,210

68,424

$849

 

Berkeley

3,899

57,304

$1,216

3,310

56,351

$1,032

 

Calhoun

264

4,550

$1,070

251

4,758

$903

 

Charleston

18,854

257,368

$1,240

17,239

260,515

$1,057

 

Cherokee

906

20,871

$821

879

21,557

$715

 

Chester

593

9,737

$1,012

556

9,903

$940

 

Chesterfield

729

14,647

$865

718

15,160

$765

 

Clarendon

625

6,823

$731

607

6,938

$614

 

Colleton

796

10,189

$855

777

10,739

$733

 

Darlington

1,149

20,310

$1,024

1,135

20,546

$938

 

Dillon

489

9,418

$744

483

9,349

$688

 

Dorchester

2,966

35,922

$927

2,618

36,445

$786

 

Edgefield

379

5,596

$989

364

5,331

$849

 

Fairfield

391

5,514

$1,275

375

5,443

$1,012

 

Florence

3,465

65,580

$967

3,316

66,761

$841

 

Georgetown

2,074

24,526

$976

1,931

24,291

$826

 

Greenville

17,160

279,653

$1,169

15,623

281,409

$998

 

Greenwood

1,473

27,992

$967

1,435

29,328

$838

 

Hampton

386

4,577

$1,037

388

4,715

$1,023

 

Horry

10,631

130,998

$882

9,863

130,669

$723

 

County

4th Quarter 2021

4th Quarter 2019

 

Firms

Jobs

AWW

Firms

Jobs

AWW

 

Jasper

821

10,014

$1,000

761

10,080

$777

 

Kershaw

1,397

18,076

$854

1,313

17,498

$752

 

Lancaster

1,778

25,891

$1,137

1,525

26,212

$981

 

Laurens

923

20,880

$918

905

21,196

$815

 

Lee

317

3,749

$837

293

3,724

$749

 

Lexington

7,791

124,398

$1,034

7,171

125,508

$877

 

Marion

493

6,895

$787

518

6,916

$677

 

Marlboro

344

6,553

$1,213

366

6,836

$801

 

McCormick

188

1,670

$721

143

1,699

$691

 

Newberry

845

15,068

$868

828

14,434

$759

 

Oconee

1,831

23,665

$1,038

1,723

24,482

$939

 

Orangeburg

1,739

27,888

$936

1,695

28,871

$790

 

Pickens

2,568

36,911

$995

2,379

37,577

$869

 

Richland

11,335

220,790

$1,132

10,826

225,793

$971

 

Saluda

289

4,832

$812

281

4,783

$793

 

Spartanburg

7,147

149,492

$1,097

6,725

148,454

$923

 

Sumter

2,174

36,316

$954

2,097

37,270

$801

 

Union

463

7,669

$937

456

8,344

$760

 

Williamsburg

628

7,781

$999

621

8,852

$843

 

York

7,392

101,767

$1,117

6,526

102,205

$939

 

                 

*Average Weekly Wage

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce / U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics