Date:October 3, 2012
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Employment and Wages for First Quarter 2012 Available

BATON ROUGE —Data on Louisiana’s employment and wages for the first quarter of 2012 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.

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.

According to the data, Louisiana’s average covered employment in the first quarter 2012 totaled 1,850,736, a decrease of 1.0 percent from the fourth quarter 2011 total of 1,869,378. First quarter employment increased 1.1 percent over the comparable period a year ago when it totaled 1,830,199. The average weekly wage for the first quarter 2012 was $836.

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 the Excel files for the First Quarter 2012 Employment and Wages Data, go to, select Labor Market Information, and under LMI Products select Employment and Wages – Quarterly.

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