Date:September 28, 2016
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

Louisiana releases employment and wage data for 2015

BATON ROUGE— Louisiana employment and wages annual data for 2015 is now available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website,

The data contain 2015 covered 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.

According to the data, the average covered employment in 2015 totaled 1,931,057. This indicated an increase of 0.4 percentage points compared to 1,922,741 in 2014. Average employment increased in 28 of the 64 parishes in 2015 from the previous year. The highest average weekly wage for all industries was reported in Cameron Parish at $1,445, followed by St. James Parish at $1,305 a week.

The report also shows that:

• Total wages for 2015 were $88,651,853,670, an increase of 1.7 percent from the revised 2014 figure of $87,191,317,102.

• The 2015 average weekly wage for all industries was $883, while the 2014 average was $872.

• Average reporting units increased by 1,629 to 125,303 in 2015.

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 2015 annual employment and wages go to our website at, select Labor Market Information, scroll down the page and click on Employment and Wages Annually.

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