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Date:October 30, 2013
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Employment and wages for 2012 now available

BATON ROUGE— Data on Louisiana’s employment and wages for 2012 is now available on Louisiana’s employment homepage,

This report covers 2012 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.

Covered employers are those who pay unemployment insurance taxes and who count filled jobs – whether full- or part-time, temporary or permanent – by place of work.

According to these data, Louisiana’s average covered employment in 2012 totaled 1,871,220, an increase of 1.2 percent from the previous year’s total of 1,848,256. Average covered employment for 2012 was up in 30 of the 64 parishes in 2012. The highest average weekly wage for all industries was reported in St. Charles parish at $1,195, followed by Plaquemines parish at $1,158 a week.

The report also shows that:

• Total wages for 2012 were $81,049,510,379, an increase of 3.5 percent from the revised 2011 figure of $78,316,167,772.

• The 2012 average weekly wage for all industries was $833.

• Average reporting units increased by 854 to 126,187 in 2012.

Employers evaluating potential plant sites can use the report to compare employment and average weekly wages paid by industry by location. 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 2012 Annual Employment and Wages go to, select Labor Market Information, and under LMI Products select Employment and Wages - Annually.

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