Date:January 3, 2007
Contact:Ed Pratt @ (225) 219-0679

2005 Louisiana Employment and Wages Released

BATON ROUGE - Secretary of Labor John Warner Smith announced today that the “Louisiana Employment and Wages - Annual Report 2005” is now available.

The publication contains 2005 covered employment and total wages paid by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors and subsectors for the state and by NAICS sectors for all parishes. These data are derived from the quarterly tax reports submitted by all employers subject to the Louisiana Employment Security Law and from supplemental reports giving parish data submitted by many multi-parish employers.

According to the report, the average covered employment in 2005 totaled 1,840,669. This indicated a decrease of 1.3 percent as compared to 1,865,109 in 2004. Employment in 36 of the 64 parishes increased in 2005.

The report also shows that:

Total wages for 2005 showed a gain of 3.9 percent from 2004.

The average weekly wage for covered employment continued to rise in 2005, with an average increase of $33 over 2004.

The 2005 average weekly wage for all industries was $646.

To view and print the Employment and Wages Annual Report 2005 in Adobe Acrobat go to our Web site at, point to Labor Market Information on the top tab, select Publications & Reports, then under the heading Employment and Wages Reports select Annual Data, and then select 2005 Employment and Wages.

All persons currently on the mailing list for this publication will receive a copy within the next few weeks. For anyone not on the list, a copy of this publication may be obtained by contacting the Research and Statistics Division by phone at (225) 342-3141, by fax at (225) 342-9192, or by writing to P. O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094.

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