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Date:October 23, 2017
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Louisiana releases employment and wage data for 2016

BATON ROUGE— Louisiana employment and wages annual data for 2016 is now available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website,

The data contain 2016 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 2016 totaled 1,908,645. This indicated a decrease of 1.1 percent compared to 1,929,549 in 2015. Average employment increased in 18 of the 64 parishes in 2016 from the previous year. The highest average weekly wage for all industries was reported in Cameron Parish at $1,471 followed by St. James Parish at $1,284 a week.

The report also shows that:

• Total wages for 2016 were $87,079,129,124 a decrease of 1.8 percent from the revised 2015 figure of $88,684,584,849.

• The 2016 average weekly wage for all industries was $877, while the 2015 average was $884.

• Average reporting units increased by 3.5 percent to 128,019 in 2016.

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 2016 annual employment and wages go to our website at, select Labor Market Information, scroll down the page and click on Employment and Wages Annually.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.


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