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Date:January 19, 2010
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Second Quarter 2009 Employment and Wages Released

BATON ROUGE— The number of jobs in Louisiana during the second quarter of 2009 was down by 6,616 over the first quarter of 2009, according to the “Louisiana Employment and Wages –Second Quarter 2009” report released today by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The average quarterly employment for Louisiana during the second quarter of 2009 was 1,859,581, a decrease of 0.4 percent from the first quarter of 2009, and a decrease of 2.1 percent from the second quarter of 2008. Employment increased in eight of the 20 NAICS sectors from the first quarter 2009.

Total wages decreased 1.6 percent from the same period in 2008, and decreased 2.8 percent from the first quarter of 2009. The average weekly wage for second quarter 2009 was $753.

This 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.

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 Second Quarter 2009 Report go to our Web site at, select Labor Market Information, scroll down the page and select Quarterly 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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