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QCEW data for early 2022 released

Thu, 09/15/2022

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data for early 2022 released

Number of workers up 21,402 from pre-pandemic levels two years prior

Columbia, S.C. – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) for the first quarter of 2022, which provides data on firms, payroll, and wages at the county level as well as for detailed industry categories. This information is released quarterly five to six months after the end of the period in question and is derived from data in the State Unemployment Insurance Tax System (SUITS) housed at the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

Overall, there were 2,133,909 jobs statewide in Q1 2022, up modestly from the pre-pandemic figure of 2,112,507 in Q1 2020. Average weekly wage for all workers increased by 13 percent, from $921 to $1,042. Recovery was propelled in large measure by small businesses; the number of establishments statewide shot up 15 percent over two years, from 142,721 to 164,390.

While this represents a complete count of payroll for entities that pay unemployment insurance taxes to the state, there are several types of workers that may not show up in QCEW data, including individuals who are self-employed, contract workers (i.e., “gig economy” workers or people receiving a 1099 form), federal employees, or those employed in other exempt industries.

This data set essentially serves as a second draft of previously announced payroll figures, with monthly Current Employment Statistics (CES) data providing a timelier but more approximate result. QCEW is wholly distinct from both CES, an employer survey, and the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) data derived from a household survey and other sources.

Among the 20 economic sectors reported, 10 saw jobs increase and 10 saw jobs decrease since the same period two years ago. The strongest sectors for growth were Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (+11,194) and Transportation and Warehousing (+10,052). On the flip side, the weakest was Accommodation and Food Services (-7,307), which has struggled to hire the necessary workers to return to pre-pandemic operations. Every sector experienced a wage increase and all but one (Other Services) saw the total number of businesses increase.

Among the state’s 46 counties, 17 have more workers than two years ago, while 29 have fewer. The counties with the largest increases in employment during that time were Greenville (+4,886), and Lexington (+3,914), while the largest decline was seen in Richland (-3,487). Every county experienced a wage increase and all but two (Marion and Marlboro) saw the total number of businesses increase.

“These new figures confirm that the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has been uneven but robust,” said Dr. Bryan Grady, Labor Market Information (LMI) Director at the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “While prior recessions required years of recovery to regain the jobs lost, both in South Carolina and nationally, that has not the case this time.”

“Employers are hiring South Carolinians at a rapid pace, but we know that, as a state, we can always do better,” said Dan Ellzey, Executive Director at the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “September is Workforce Development Month, and we have hundreds of activities like job fairs, webinars, and other events to shine a spotlight on the role of the workforce and to help employers and employees connect.”

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 will be released on Friday, September 16, detailing August workforce data.

 

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

Economic Sector

1st Quarter 2022

1st Quarter 2020

Firms

Jobs

AWW

Firms

Jobs

AWW

Total, All Industries

164,390

2,133,909

$1,042

142,721

2,112,507

$921

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

1,306

9,742

$843

1,211

10,201

$730

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

167

1,979

$1,486

138

1,875

$1,382

Utilities

637

15,625

$2,160

501

16,422

$1,946

Construction

14,093

106,047

$1,174

13,094

105,069

$1,064

Manufacturing

7,740

258,610

$1,277

6,539

256,673

$1,184

Wholesale Trade

9,644

78,008

$1,642

8,967

74,753

$1,427

Retail Trade

19,234

254,345

$674

18,231

249,827

$568

Transportation and Warehousing

4,855

90,248

$961

4,097

80,196

$868

Information

4,670

31,542

$1,772

3,102

27,945

$1,335

Finance and Insurance

9,844

77,626

$1,973

8,097

71,590

$1,720

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

7,691

31,827

$1,117

6,457

31,185

$959

Professional and Technical Services

25,743

116,258

$1,620

19,854

105,064

$1,470

Management of Companies and Enterprises

1,387

24,098

$2,090

1,072

24,683

$1,881

Administrative and Waste Services

10,240

162,314

$806

8,968

162,578

$683

Educational Services

3,368

172,629

$927

2,894

175,991

$860

Health Care and Social Assistance

15,648

281,639

$1,078

11,581

284,705

$975

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

2,474

31,607

$453

2,206

33,278

$401

Accommodation and Food Services

12,249

221,054

$415

11,496

228,361

$354

Other Services, Except Public Administration

11,067

54,148

$781

12,402

54,901

$680

Public Administration

1,873

114,053

$973

1,814

117,210

$914

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

1st Quarter 2022

1st Quarter 2020

Firms

Jobs

AWW*

Firms

Jobs

AWW*

Total, State

164,390

2,133,909

$1,042

142,721

2,112,507

$921

Abbeville

396

5,386

$804

362

5,553

$738

Aiken

3,401

59,719

$1,076

3,137

60,799

$1,015

Allendale

177

2,393

$1,108

172

2,647

$861

Anderson

4,171

68,693

$896

3,831

66,869

$817

Bamberg

305

3,353

$776

293

3,601

$684

Barnwell

418

4,833

$739

408

5,007

$682

Beaufort

7,096

66,557

$899

6,290

67,335

$821

Berkeley

4,192

58,541

$1,197

3,431

56,657

$1,104

Calhoun

273

4,464

$1,062

254

4,682

$890

Charleston

19,804

257,089

$1,192

17,451

257,172

$1,011

Cherokee

927

20,341

$753

888

20,958

$722

Chester

600

9,475

$954

563

10,041

$854

Chesterfield

749

14,609

$853

713

14,750

$755

Clarendon

638

6,748

$689

607

6,796

$584

Colleton

822

9,577

$783

776

10,587

$671

Darlington

1,180

20,340

$1,101

1,118

20,478

$984

Dillon

498

9,276

$669

488

9,160

$638

Dorchester

3,069

36,429

$884

2,666

35,871

$768

Edgefield

391

5,778

$850

368

5,305

$756

Fairfield

387

5,699

$1,120

376

5,355

$1,026

Florence

3,564

65,182

$892

3,316

65,792

$776

Georgetown

2,147

24,223

$870

1,963

23,912

$813

Greenville

18,012

281,118

$1,081

15,759

276,232

$970

Greenwood

1,502

27,245

$921

1,445

29,053

$819

Hampton

402

4,558

$779

390

4,580

$749

Horry

11,106

128,913

$788

9,914

127,385

$674

County

1st Quarter 2022

1st Quarter 2020

Firms

Jobs

AWW

Firms

Jobs

AWW

Jasper

852

10,129

$900

775

9,854

$806

Kershaw

1,450

17,904

$811

1,313

17,200

$737

Lancaster

1,880

26,711

$1,092

1,560

25,448

$988

Laurens

967

20,932

$861

902

20,998

$802

Lee

318

3,595

$819

296

3,653

$746

Lexington

8,062

126,311

$923

7,271

122,397

$864

Marion

213

1,710

$721

150

1,573

$657

Marlboro

488

6,878

$758

517

6,809

$648

McCormick

342

6,264

$966

360

6,606

$816

Newberry

879

15,043

$858

832

14,397

$767

Oconee

1,879

23,552

$1,033

1,742

24,027

$944

Orangeburg

1,765

27,343

$849

1,683

28,880

$779

Pickens

2,684

36,461

$901

2,405

36,842

$846

Richland

11,758

218,581

$1,090

10,835

222,068

$978

Saluda

298

4,822

$789

283

5,008

$626

Spartanburg

7,476

148,112

$1,006

6,791

149,112

$928

Sumter

2,250

36,095

$871

2,105

36,593

$779

Union

478

7,605

$828

452

7,793

$783

Williamsburg

643

7,760

$868

634

8,602

$749

York

7,807

100,831

$1,117

6,660

100,806

$996

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