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  • Historical Employment and Wages, 1975 - 2000

    Historical data for the years 1975-2000 is based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. With the release of data in March 2003, the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) replaced the SIC system. NAICS-based data is available from 2000 forward. SIC-and NAICS-based data are not comparable.

    The following information relates to the ES-202/QCEW data set for New York State. The data available are annual average employment and wages for all employees covered by unemployment insurance, grouped by industry division and county for 1975 through 2000. The ES-202/QCEW data are derived from information obtained from the administration of the Unemployment Insurance program. As such, the data are subject to breaks in continuity stemming from changes in (UI) coverage that are dictated by UI law. Data users should be aware that abrupt changes in employment or wage levels may result from administrative or legal changes rather than economic events.

    The record layout for the data file follows. All the data elements have numeric values. The data is in ASCII fixed field format and delimited by commas. There are no leading zeros on the data file.

    Historical text files by county (1975-2000)
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    Field PositionData ElementField Length
    1 - 3 County Code (FIPS) 3
    5 - 6 Industry Code 2
    8 - 11 Year 4
    13 - 18 Reporting Units 6
    20 - 27 Average Employment 8
    29 - 36 Average Annual Wages 8
    38 - 51 Total Wages 14
    53 - 60 Average Weekly Wages 8.2
    62 - 70 Adjusted Weekly Wages 8.2
    71 - 73 NY State (FIPS) Code 3


    Adjusted Weekly Wages Average Employment Average Annual Wages
    Average Weekly Wages County Code (FIPS) Industry Code
    Reporting Unit State Code (FIPS) Total Wages

    Adjusted Weekly Wages:

    The adjusted weekly wage is the average weekly wage, adjusted for inflation, using the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. City Average which represents approximately 87 percent of the U.S. population. Adjusted wages are expressed in 1982 - 1984 dollars, the base year reference period for the current CPI-U. Although there is a separate CPI series for the New York City area, the CPI-U U.S. City Average was used so that data would be comparable throughout the entire state. (The New York - Northern New Jersey area's index numbers can be obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

    Average Employment:

    The average employment is the summed monthly employment, as reported in the ES-202/QCEW, divided by 12.

    Average Annual Wages:

    The average wage is the average yearly wage paid to the employees of all the reporting units for the industry division and county as reported in the ES-202/QCEW. It is computed by dividing the total wages for the year by the average monthly employment.

    Average Weekly Wages:

    The average weekly wage is computed by dividing the total wages for the year by the average monthly employment, and then dividing the result by 52.

    County Code (FIPS):

    Each county in New York State has been assigned a numeric "FIPS" code by the Federal Government. These codes are used as the identifiers for the counties in this data set. Their meanings are listed below. Employees working in New York State, who cannot be classified as working in any one county, or who are working at sites that have not yet been classified, or are unknown, are reported in the classification, "Statewide." Also included in this classification are New York State residents employed overseas or out-of-state but electing to be covered by New York State Unemployment Insurance. Total employment in this classification generally numbers approximately 100,000 (approximately 1.25 percent of the total number of workers covered by New York State's Unemployment Insurance). Data users with access to New York State-specific files will find that these county codes differ from those used "in-house" by the New York State Department of Labor.


    County Code (FIPS)
    000 = Total state 001 = Albany 003 = Allegany
    005 = Bronx 007 = Broome 009 = Cattaraugus
    011 = Cayuga 013 = Chautauqua 015 = Chemung
    017 = Chenango 019 = Clinton 021 = Columbia
    023 = Cortland 025 = Delaware 027 = Dutchess
    029 = Erie 031 = Essex 033 = Franklin
    035 = Fulton 037 = Genesee 039 = Greene
    041 = Hamilton 043 = Herkimer 045 = Jefferson
    047 = Kings (Brooklyn) 049 = Lewis 051 = Livingston
    053 = Madison 055 = Monroe 057 = Montgomery
    059 = Nassau 061 = New York (Manhattan) 063 = Niagara
    065 = Oneida 067 = Onondaga 069 = Ontario
    071 = Orange 073 = Orleans 075 = Oswego
    077 = Otsego 079 = Putnam 081 = Queens
    083 = Rensselaer 085 = Richmond 087 = Rockland
    089 = St. Lawrence 091 = Saratoga 093 = Schenectady
    095 = Schoharie 097 = Schuyler 099 = Seneca
    101 = Steuben 103 = Suffolk 105 = Sullivan
    107 = Tioga 109 = Tompkins 111 = Ulster
    113 = Warren 115 = Washington 117 = Wayne
    119 = Westchester 121 = Wyoming 123 = Yates
    999 = Statewide

    Industry Code:

    The industry code designates the division level of Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). The source for this classification is the "Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1987," published by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The codes assigned to the industry divisions in the data set should not be confused with the "first digit" of the SIC code. Section 537 of the Labor Law requires that information provided by individual employers be kept confidential. Due to this confidentiality requirement, certain industry divisions have been consolidated in this data set. For the majority of the counties in the state, consolidating "Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing" with "Mining" and "Unclassified" yielded employment totals which could be disclosed to the public without jeopardizing the confidentiality of individual employer data. However, in a few counties further consolidation was required to obtain a disclosable total. For these counties, a different grouping included "Construction" with "Agriculture," "Mining" and the "Unclassified" group to obtain a releasable total. Therefore, the data sets for most counties have industry 01 but no industry 02. Industry 02 is the grouping for the special cases which required further consolidation. Users should not be alarmed to find that most of the counties have no industry 02. The numeric values assigned to the industry divisions in this data set follow.


    Industry Code

    00 = All Industries
    01 = Agriculture, Mining & Unclassified
    02 = Agriculture, Mining, Construction & Unclassified
    03 = Construction
    04 = Manufacturing
    05 = Transportation & Public Utilities
    06 = Wholesale Trade
    07 = Retail Trade
    08 = Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
    09 = Services
    10 = Public Administration

    Reporting Unit:

    The reporting unit is the economic unit for which data are submitted on the employer's unemployment insurance contribution report, or on a multiple worksite report. The reporting unit is often (though not always) synonomous with the terms "worksite" and "establishment."

    State Code (FIPS):

    The New York State "FIPS" identifier (36) is embedded in the file for those who wish to merge multi-state data sets.

    Total Wages:

    Total wages is the sum of all remunerations reported by all the reporting units in the ES-202/QCEW for the year.


    The year is represented by all four digits (example: 1996 is 1996).


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