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Date:October 12, 2007
Contact:Patty Lopez @ (225) 342-3147

First Quarter 2007 Report Available

BATON ROUGE – The number of jobs in Louisiana during the first quarter of 2007 was up by 76,391 over the same period last year according to the “Louisiana Employment and Wages – First Quarter 2007” report released today by the Louisiana Department of Labor.

Beginning with this publication, data are based on the 2007 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The conversion from the NAICS 2002 to the NAICS 2007 was limited in scope and affected approximately 2,000 reporting units in Louisiana.

The average quarterly employment for Louisiana during the first quarter 2007 was 1,845,273, an increase of 1,494 jobs or 0.1 percent from the fourth quarter 2006, and an increase of 76,391 jobs or 4.3 percent from the first quarter in 2006. Employment increased in 12 of the 20 NAICS sectors from the fourth quarter 2006.

Total wages increased 9.4 percent from the first quarter in 2006, and decreased 2.3 percent from the fourth quarter 2006. The average weekly wage for first quarter 2007 was $730.

This report is based on quarterly tax returns from all employers covered by unemployment insurance and consists of a listing by parish of the number employed, total number of units, and total wages earned in the following sectors: agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting; mining; construction; manufacturing; utilities; wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; information; finance and insurance; real estate and rental and leasing; professional and technical services; management of companies and enterprises; administrative and waste services; educational services; health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation and food services; other services; and public administration.

Employers seeking plant sites to compare employment and quarterly wages paid by industry in potential locations can use the 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 and PDF files for the First Quarter 2007 Report go to our Web site at http://www.laworks.net, select Labor Market Information from the left-side menu, scroll down the page and select Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. For additional labor market information contact 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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