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Local Employment Dynamics (LED)

Important Notice The New York State LED estimates are developed by the U.S. Census Bureau using inputs in part from the New York State Department of Labor. Data anomalies may appear in some areas due to statistical issues. Should you have any questions, please contact:

What is LED?

The New York State LED program is a partnership between the New York State Department of Labor and the U.S. Census Bureau. The data series is unique as it combines information from several different types of federal and state administrative data on employers and employees with core Census Bureau censuses and surveys, while protecting the confidentiality of people and firms that provide the data. This rich compilation of data provides an in-depth picture of local employment conditions unavailable elsewhere. This is the best data source for describing the churning that goes on in the labor market. The LED data can be accessed through several online tools which are described below.

Data Tools

Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWIs)
Compare changes in QWIs describing employment, job flows, and earnings across areas of New York State. Available by age group and gender. (Note: The Census Bureau plans to discontinue use of this tool as they transition to the QWI Explorer.)

Quarterly Workforce Indicator (QWI) Explorer (BETA)
Analyze labor force indicators using a flexible table and chart interface that creates interactive visualizations.

LED Extraction Tool
Access and download the entire set of 30 QWIs, including measures of employment, turnover, hiring, job creation, job destruction and average monthly earnings. Extract data for specific geographies and industries without first downloading large data sets.

Industry Focus
Examine top industries in your area and the characteristics of workers in those industries.

Create detailed maps showing where workers are employed and where they live with companion reports on age, earnings, industry distribution, and local workforce indicators.

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