Date:June 27, 2013
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Employment and Wages for Fourth Quarter 2012 Now Available

BATON ROUGE — Data on Louisiana’s employment and wages for the fourth quarter of 2012 is now available on Louisiana’s employment homepage,

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 Louisiana’s 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 or part-time, temporary or permanent – by place of work.

According to these data, Louisiana’s average covered employment in the fourth quarter 2012 totaled 1,888,581, an increase of 1.7 percent from the previous quarter’s total of 1,857,009. Average covered employment for the fourth quarter was up 0.9 percent from the comparable period a year earlier at the level of 1,871,754. The average weekly wage for the fourth quarter 2012 was $884.

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 Fourth Quarter 2012 Employment and Wages Data, go to Louisiana’s employment homepage, select Labor Market Information, and under LMI Products select Employment and Wages – Quarterly.

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