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Date:October 31, 2008
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First Quarter 2008 Report Available

BATON ROUGE – The number of jobs in Louisiana during the first quarter of 2008 was up by 31,244 over the first quarter of 2007, according to the “Louisiana Employment and Wages – First Quarter 2008” report released today by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The average quarterly employment for Louisiana during the first quarter of 2008 was 1,876,517, a decrease of 1.0 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007, and an increase of 1.7 percent from the first quarter of 2007. Employment increased in six of the 20 NAICS sectors from the fourth quarter 2007.

Total wages increased 6.5 percent from the same period in 2007, and decreased 3.2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007. The average weekly wage for first quarter 2008 was $765.

This report is based on quarterly tax returns from all employers covered by unemployment insurance and consists of a listing by parish of the number employed, total number of units and total wages earned in the following sectors: agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting; mining; construction; manufacturing; utilities; wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; information; finance and insurance; real estate and rental and leasing; professional and technical services; management of companies and enterprises; administrative and waste services; educational services; health care and social assistance; arts, entertainment, and recreation; accommodation and food services; other services; and public administration.

Employers seeking plant sites can use the report to compare employment and quarterly wages paid by industry in potential locations. 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 view and print the Excel files for the First Quarter 2008 Report go to our Web site at, select Labor Market Information from the left-side menu, scroll down the page and select Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.

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