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Date:December 13, 2010
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Louisiana Employment and Wages 2009 Data Released

BATON ROUGE — Annual data on Louisiana’s employment and wages for 2009 are now available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Web site,

The 2009 annual 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 on statewide, regional, and parish levels.

According to the data, Louisiana’s average covered employment in 2009 totaled 1,849,725. Average employment increased in 16 of 64 parishes in 2009. The highest average weekly wage for all industries was reported in St. Charles Parish at $1,080, followed by Plaquemines Parish at $1,046 a week. The 2009 average weekly wage for all industries was $780.

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

To access the Excel files for the Employment and Wages 2009 Annual Data, go to, select Labor Market Information, scroll under LMI Products and select Employment and Wages – Annually.

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