Date:July 10, 2012
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Employment and Wage Data For Fourth Quarter 2011 Now Available

BATON ROUGE — Fourth Quarter data on Louisiana’s employment and wages for 2011 are now available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website,

This report covers employment and total wages by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors and sub-sectors for the state and by NAICS sectors for all parishes.

The information comes from quarterly tax reports submitted by all employers subject to the Louisiana Employment Security Law and from supplemental reports giving parish data submitted by employers with multiple locations. Information is available on statewide, regional, metropolitan statistical areas, and parish levels.

According to these data, Louisiana’s average covered employment in the fourth quarter 2011 totaled 1,867,562, an increase of 1.6 percent from the third quarter 2011 total of 1,837,591. Covered employers are those who pay unemployment insurance taxes and who count filled jobs – whether full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent – by place of work. Positive movement was noted from the comparable period a year ago, with employment up 1.1 percent from the level of 1,847,635. The average weekly wage for the fourth quarter 2011 was $850.

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

To access these files on the web go to and select Labor Market Information. Then select Employment and Wage trends. Create customized report by region and industry to know the latest and historical trends in employment and wages. You can also access these files by selecting the Old LMI link on the homepage and select Employment and Wages – Quarterly.

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