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Local Employment Dynamics FAQs

Who Uses LED Data?

LED data are used by businesses, job seekers, workforce and economic development agencies, Chambers of Commerce, educational institutions, Workforce Investment Boards, school career counselors, job search professionals, transportation planners and federal, state and local agencies.

How do the QWIs Compare with Other Economic Data Series?

The concepts of economic measurements in LED data differ from other economic data series published by the New York State Department of Labor such as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, and the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Program. Employment trends from LED program data should roughly coincide with and parallel employment trends from other data sources.

What Time Period do the QWIs Cover?

A complete set of QWIs is available for New York State from second quarter 2000 forward. The latest complete set of QWIs will generally lag one year from the current quarter.

Where Can I Find Variable Definitions for the QWIs?

QWI Variable Descriptions

What is the QWI Explorer?

QWI Explorer is a new, web-based analysis tool that enables comprehensive access to the full depth and breadth of the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset. Through charts and interactive tables, users can compare, rank and aggregate QWIs across time, geography, and/or firm and worker characteristics on the fly.

QWI Explorer was developed to replace the QWI Online and Industry Focus tools.

What is the LED Extraction Tool?

The LED Extraction Tool provides easy access to the raw data products produced through the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. Fast processing of the requested data tables allows users to obtain downloadable CSV or ZIP files of a manageable size.

What is OnTheMap?

OnTheMap: This web-based tool allows users to map where people live in relation to where they work with reports on age, race, ethnicity, educational attainment, earnings, industry distribution, and local workforce indicators. Data are available at the sub-county level.

Who do I contact with questions?

To report data anomalies or for more information concerning the New York State Local Employment Dynamics program, please contact:

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