Employment in Louisiana increased by a modest 0.8 percent in 2011 compared with 2010, but wages grew by 3 percent during the same period, according to data released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The data covers employment and total wages by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors and sub-sectors for the state and by NAICS sectors for all parishes. The information comes from quarterly tax reports submitted by all employers subject to the Louisiana Employment Security Law and from supplemental reports giving parish data submitted by employers with multiple locations. Information is available at the statewide, regional, metropolitan statistical, and parish levels.
Covered employers are those who pay unemployment insurance taxes and who count filled jobs — whether full-time or part-time, temporary or permanent — by place of work.
According to the data, Louisiana’s average covered employment in 2011 totaled 1,848,435, an increase of 0.8 percent compared to 1,834,338 in 2010. Average employment increased in 33 of the 64 parishes in 2011.
The highest average weekly wage for all industries was reported in St. Charles parish at $1,127, followed by Plaquemines parish at $1,105 a week.
The report also shows that:
- Total wages for 2011 showed an increase of 3.0 percent from 2010.
- The 2011 average weekly wage for all industries was $815.
- Average reporting units decreased by 3,375 to 125,475 in 2011.
Employers seeking plant sites can use the report to compare employment and quarterly wages paid by industry in potential locations. 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 access excel files for the 2011 Annual Employment and Wages go to the LWC website at http://www.laworks.net, choose downloads, select Labor Market Information, scroll down the page and click on Employment and Wages Annual.