Date:April 24, 2007
Contact:Ed Pratt @ (225) 219-0679

Third Quarter 2006 Report Available

BATON ROUGE - Secretary of Labor John Warner Smith announced today that the “Louisiana Employment and Wages - Third Quarter 2006” report is now available on our Web site.

This report is based on quarterly tax returns from all employers covered by unemployment insurance. Parish lists include the number employed, total number of units, and total wages earned in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors and subsectors for the state and by two-digit NAICS sectors for all parishes.

According to the report, the average quarterly employment for Louisiana during the third quarter 2006 was 1,814,587 with a small decrease of 834 jobs or .05 percent from the second quarter 2006, and a decrease of 35,363 jobs or 1.9 percent from the same period in 2005. Employment increased in 13 of the 20 NAICS sectors from the second quarter 2006.

The report also shows that:

Total wages increased $789.6 million or 5.2 percent from a year ago.

Total wages increased $68.5 million or 0.4 percent from last quarter.

The average weekly wage for the third quarter 2006 was $683.

The average weekly wage increased $3 from last quarter and $46 from a year ago.

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

To view and print the Excel files for the Third Quarter 2006 Report go to our Web site at, point to Labor Market Information on the top tab and select Quarterly Census of 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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