Date:July 9, 2010
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Employment and Wages Fourth Quarter 2009 Available

BATON ROUGEó The average quarterly employment in Louisiana increased by 16,634 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to employment and wages data now available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission Web site,

Louisiana had an average quarterly employment of 1,844,217 for the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 0.9 percent from the third quarter of 2009, with 1,827,583 jobs and a decrease of 3.1 percent from the fourth quarter 2008 figure of 1,903,858.

Positive movement was reported in nine of the 20 major industry groups over the quarter. The largest percentage increase occurred in educational services at 12.8 percent, for an average quarterly employment of 178,626. The following industry groups also saw an over-the-quarter increase: agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, 9,720 up 2.3 percent; retail trade, 222,390 up 1.1 percent; information, 27,361 up 0.7 percent; finance and insurance, 57,040 up 0.5 percent; professional and technical services, 81,842 up 1.2 percent; administrative and waste services, 89,962 up 0.7 percent; health care and social assistance, 285,887 up 0.6 percent; and other services, except public administration, 48,005 up 1.8 percent.

The average weekly wage for the fourth quarter 2009 was $833, up from $761 for the third quarter 2009 and up from $829 for the fourth quarter 2008.

This report is based on quarterly tax returns from all employers covered by unemployment insurance and consists of a listing by parish of the total number of units, number employed, total wages earned, and average weekly wage in the following sectors: agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting; mining; construction; manufacturing; utilities; wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; information; finance and insurance; real estate and rental and leasing; professional and technical services; management of companies and enterprises; administrative and waste services; educational services; health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation and food services; other services; and public administration.

Employers seeking plant sites can use the report to compare employment and quarterly wages paid by industry in potential locations. Market researchers use the report for market and consumer analysis. Public and private organizations use it in the administration and evaluation of manpower programs and policies.

To access Excel files for the Fourth Quarter 2009 Employment and Wages go to the LWC Web site,, select Labor Market Information, scroll down the page and select Quarterly Employment and Wages.

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