These categories provide clearer distinctions between types of workers. The four classes of worker are QCEW Employees (Class 1), non-QCEW Employees (Class 2), Self-Employed (Class 3), and Extended Proprietors (Class 4). You can use any combination of these categories, but we recommend several groupings particularly.
- To match the BLS’s QCEW dataset most closely, use the QCEW Employees class of worker by itself.
- The BLS’s QCEW dataset covers about 95% of the employed workforce. To capture as much as possible of the employed workforce, use the QCEW and non-QCEW classes together. Emsi’s non-QCEW class uses other datasets to supplement QCEW, coming as close as possible to providing complete coverage for the employed workforce in the United States.
- To capture the entire employed workforce, plus self-employed persons, use the QCEW Employees, non-QCEW Employees, and Self-Employed classes in conjunction.
- To capture all work-related jobs and income, including non-primary sources of income, use QCEW Employees, non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed, and Extended Proprietors together.
If you’ve previously used Covered data in Analyst, you should use QCEW Employees and non-QCEW Employees together. If you’ve previously used Complete, you should use QCEW Employees, non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed, and Extended Proprietors together. If you have no idea what you used previously, your best bet is probably to use QCEW+non-QCEW.