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Frequently Asked Questions About Publications

  1. When is the unemployment rate for the state, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), and parishes released by the Research and Statistics Unit?
  2. How can I obtain this information?
  3. What other types of data are in the monthly newsletter?
  4. Are data available to show wages by occupation in the state?
  5. How can I view the results of the Job Vacancy Survey?
  6. Which areas of the state are represented in the Job Vacancy Survey?
  7. Does R&S have information about occupational licenses required for Louisiana?
  8. Does R&S have any information to help me decide on a career or training program?
  9. Where is information for students preparing to enter work for the first time?
  10. Are there publications that help with résumé preparation and interviewing ideas?

  1. When is the unemployment rate for the state, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), and parishes released by the Research and Statistics Unit?

    The seasonally adjusted and unadjusted civilian labor force, employed, and unemployed data for the state, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), and parishes are released on the 25th of each month. This release can be viewed on our Web site address stated below. If this day falls on a weekend or holiday, the data are released on the prior working day. The nonfarm wage and salary employment series for the state and MSAs are also released at this time.

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  2. How can I obtain this information?

    You may access this information on our Web site after the date of release at the following address: Monthly Employment Statistics (PDF). The Louisiana Workforce At A Glance (PDF) newsletter is also published each month and available online. A mailing list is maintained by the Research & Statistics (R&S) Division for persons wanting to receive this information by mail.

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  3. What other types of data are in the monthly newsletter?

    The newsletter also contains the latest nonfarm wage and salary employment figures for the state and eight MSAs. This data is a useful tool as an economic indicator of job growth in an area. Other data available are U.S. labor force, employment, and unemployment figures and the U.S. consumer price index for all urban consumers; Louisiana unemployment insurance claimants report; a glossary and technical notes section; Web links; and an order form (PDF) for all publications produced by R&S.

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  4. Are data available to show wages by occupation in the state?

    Currently the 2006 Louisiana Occupational Wage Survey contains average wages by occupation for the state, RLMAs, and MSAs. Approximately 15,000 employers voluntarily responded to our questionnaire during the period of 2000 to May 2004. The R&S Occupational Employment Statistics program will continue to survey covered workers in Louisiana to produce a standardized wage survey that will be comparable across state borders. In this endeavor, R&S will be able to provide continuously updated occupational wage information reflecting the economic picture of our state.

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  5. How can I view the results of the Job Vacancy Survey?

    Results from the Job Vacancy Surveys are available at: http://www.laworks.net/LaborMarketInfo/LMI_JVS.asp along with additional questions about the Job Vacancy Survey. You may view or download these results, or you may call the LWC Research & Statistics Division at (225) 342-3141 or toll-free at (888) 302-7662 to request hard copies of any of these brochures free of charge.

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  6. Which areas of the state are represented in the Job Vacancy Survey?

    Beginning with the 2004 survey round, all eight major metropolitan areas of Louisiana are included in the sample (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe). The 2002 Job Vacancy Survey sampled Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, and Shreveport MSAs, and the Balance of the State (meaning all areas outside of those four metropolitan areas were pooled together as one "area" and then sampled). Thus, vacancy information is currently available for each of the eight metropolitan areas, as well as statewide. Parish and sub-parish data is not publishable.

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  7. Does R&S have information about occupational licenses required for Louisiana?

    The Louisiana Licensing Guide contains listings of all licensing entities in Louisiana with pertinent information such as where to apply for license (licensing authority), address, phone number, fee, and requirements. Beginning with the 2005 edition job descriptions and average weekly wages are also included in this publication. The publication can be downloaded at the following Web site http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/LMI/licensingguide.pdf (PDF).

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  8. Does R&S have any information to help me decide on a career or training program?

    Yes. On the homepage select "Labor Market Information". Select the topic LOIS/Scorecard then under Occupational Information select Louisiana's Integrated Skills Assessment (LISA). This section will provide many different ways to help someone decide on a career or a training program. This can also be accessed by Web link http://www.ioscar.org/la.

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  9. Where is information for students preparing to enter work for the first time?

    Louisiana Youth Works is designed to help students make informed career decisions, prepare for a job, or further their education.

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  10. Are there publications that help with résumé preparation and interviewing ideas?

    Yes. Select Labor Market Information on the homepage. Select Career Tools for a list of publications and brochures to assist with resumé preparation and interviewing tips. The Career Compass publication provides tools for finding the “right” job. Self appraisal, job searches, interviewing, and resumé writing are some of the topics covered in this publication. This publication can also be downloaded at the following link http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/LMI/CTCareerCompass2003_2004edition.pdf (PDF).

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