Data Planet now offers the massive Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) database, produced by the US Census Bureau, as a premium add-on to the Data Planet basic collection. QWI includes 32 indicators providing labor market statistics by industry group and sector, firm size and age, and worker demographics, with statistics dating as far back as 1990 for some geographic areas. Economists, researchers, and policymakers in economics, business development, industrial relations, and more rely on this remarkable source of local labor market statistics providing critical information on employment, unemployment, job creation and elimination, payroll, and wages.
The sheer power of the Data Planet Statistical Datasets platform is especially apparent in exploring the enormous amount of data in QWI. Because the QWI source data are unique job-level data that link workers to their employers, statistics can be researched by worker age, sex, educational attainment, and race/ethnicity, which allows for analysis by demographics of a particular local labor market or industry – for instance, identifying industries with aging workforces. Links between workers and firms also make it possible to identify worker flows – hires, separations, and turnover – as well as net employment growth. Trends can also be tracked by firm size and firm age. As example of the detail available, the chart below ranks hiring of males vs females by age group for the motion picture and video industry in California:
A sampling of questions to explore in QWI - Insight include:
A subset of this database – QWI - Industry - is also available in the basic Data Planet collection. A sampling of questions to explore in QWI - Industry include:
For more information on QWI and QWI - Industry, including more examples of the types of questions that can be answered using these valuable databases, please visit the QWI search guide, available here.