Date:April 22, 2010
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Third Quarter 2009 Employment and Wages Available

BATON ROUGEó Information on Louisiana employment and wages for the third quarter of 2009 is now available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission Web site,

The average quarterly employment for Louisiana during third quarter 2009 was down 1.7 percent from second quarter 2009. Four of the 20 NAICS sectors showed an over-the-quarter increase in employment: agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; utilities; health care and social assistance; and arts, entertainment, and recreation.

The average weekly wage for third quarter 2009 was $761, up from $753 for the second quarter of 2009.

The employment and wage information is based on quarterly tax returns from all employers covered by unemployment insurance and consists of a listing by parish of the total number of units, number employed, total wages earned, and average weekly wage 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 can use the information to compare employment and quarterly wages paid by industry in potential locations. Market researchers use the data for market and consumer analysis. Public and private organizations use it in the administration and evaluation of manpower programs and policies.

To access Excel files for the Third Quarter 2009 Report, go to the LWC Web site,, select Labor Market Information, scroll down the page and select Quarterly Employment and Wages. For additional labor market information, contact the Research and Statistics Division by phone at (225) 342-3141, by fax at (225) 219-7759 or by writing to P. O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094.

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