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Date:October 21, 2009
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Employment Gains in East Baton Rouge Parish Among Largest in Nation

BATON ROUGE— East Baton Rouge Parish had the nation’s fifth largest gain in employment among large counties during the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same time last year, according to information released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During that same first quarter 2009 time period, the number of jobs in Louisiana in six industry sectors – including educational services, health care and social assistance, and management of companies and enterprises – increased from the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Louisiana Employment and Wages – First Quarter 2009 report released today by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The average quarterly employment for Louisiana during the first quarter of 2009 was 1,866,197, a decrease of half of 1 percent from first quarter 2008 and down 2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008. Total wages increased 0.4 percent from the same period in 2008, and decreased 8.6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008. The average weekly wage for first quarter 2009 was $772.

East Baton Rouge Parish gained 900 jobs from March 2008 to March 2009, ranking it only behind the counties of Arlington, Va.; Bronx, N.Y.; Montgomery, Texas; and Fort Bend, Texas.

The LWC report is based on quarterly tax returns from all employers covered by unemployment insurance and consists of a listing by parish the total number of units, number employed, total wages earned, and average weekly wage 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.

Other industry sectors seeing job gains in the first quarter of 2009 were utilities, accommodation and food services, and public administration. Findings in the quarterly report substantiate previously published reports that show job gains in key industry sectors.

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 view and print the Excel files for the First Quarter 2009 Report go to LWC Web site at, Labor Market Information, scroll down the page and select Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. For additional labor market information contact the Research and Statistics Division by phone at (225) 342-3141, by fax at (225) 342-9192 or by writing to P. O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094.

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