A separation is indicated when a job is present in one quarter, but is not present in the following quarter.
A separation is reported by the Quarterly Workforce Indicators when an individual’s Social Security Number that appeared on a company’s payroll in the previous quarter is no longer present. Separations data is published at the industry level and modeled to occupation via staffing patterns. The QWI program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by State unemployment insurance (UI) laws, similar to the QCEW program. For more information, see this publication.
Source: Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) from the Census Bureau and Emsi’s proprietary employment data