Date:March 9, 2016
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Louisiana employment and wages for third-quarter 2015 available

BATON ROUGE – Data on Louisiana’s employment and wages for the third quarter of 2015 are now available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website,

The data cover employment and total wages by North American Industry Classification System sectors and sub-sectors for the state and by NAICS sectors for all 64 parishes. The information comes from quarterly tax reports submitted by all employers subject to the Louisiana Employment Security Law and from supplemental reports containing parish data submitted by employers with multiple locations. Information is available on the statewide, regional, metropolitan statistical areas and parish levels.

Employers whose data are included are those who pay unemployment insurance taxes and report filled jobs – whether full or part-time, temporary or permanent – by place of work.

According to the data, Louisiana’s average covered employment in the third quarter of 2015 totaled 1,919,705, a decrease of 0.8 percentage point from the second-quarter 2015 total of 1,935,393. There was a gain in employment from the comparable period a year earlier, as employment rose by 774 jobs from the third-quarter 2014 total of 1,918,931. The average weekly wage for the third quarter of 2015 was $859. The average weekly wage rose from $850 in the second quarter and from $853 in the third quarter of 2014 based on revised data.

Employers exploring new operating 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 third quarter of 2015 Employment and Wages Data, go to, select Labor Market Information, and under LMI Products select Employment and Wages-Quarterly.

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