Date:January 31, 2008
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2006 Louisiana Employment and Wages Released

BATON ROUGE—Secretary of Labor Tim Barfield announced today that the report entitled “Louisiana Employment and Wages – Annual Report 2006” is available.

The publication contains 2006 covered employment and total wages paid by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors and subsectors for the state and by major 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 2006 totaled 1,807,659. This indicated a decrease of 1.8 percent compared to 1,840,669 in 2005. Employment in 41 of the 64 parishes increased in 2006.

The report also shows that:

Total wages for 2006 showed a gain of 7.1 percent from 2005.

The 2006 average weekly wage for employment in both private and public sectors continued to rise in 2006, with an average increase of $58 over 2005.

The 2006 average weekly wage for all industries was $704.

To view and print the Employment and Wages Annual Report 2006 in Adobe Acrobat go to our Web site at and select Labor Market Information from the left-side menu. Next select LMI Downloads, select Employment and Wages Reports Annual Data, and then click on Employment and Wages Book for 2006.

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