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Parish Employment and Wages in Louisiana — First Quarter 2013


Employment rose in five of the seven largest parishes in Louisiana from March 2012 to March 2013 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties/parishes are those with 2012 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that two Louisiana parishes ranked in the top 100 for job growth nationwide. Lafayette Parish’s 2.7-percent gain led the state and ranked 63rd nationally, followed by Orleans (2.3 percent, 91st). (See table 1.)

Employment nationwide advanced 1.6 percent during the 12-month period as 282 of the 334 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Fort Bend, Texas, recorded the largest employment increase with a gain of 7.0 percent, while Sangamon, Ill., experienced the largest decline, down 2.4 percent.

Among the seven largest parishes in Louisiana, employment was highest in East Baton Rouge (262,300) in March 2013, followed by Jefferson (191,200) and Orleans (178,700). Together, Louisiana's seven large parishes accounted for 55.9 percent of the state’s total employment. Nationwide, the 334 largest counties made up 71.6 percent of total U.S. employment.

From the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013, the parishes of East Baton Rouge and St. Tammany recorded the fastest rates of increase in average weekly wages among Louisiana's seven large parishes, each registering a gain of 2.8 percent. (See table 1.) Orleans had the highest average wage among the largest parishes at $965 per week. Nationally, average weekly wages rose 0.6 percent to $989 in the first quarter 2013.

Employment and wage levels (but not over-the-year changes) are also available for the 57 parishes in Louisiana with employment below 75,000. In all but five of these smaller parishes, wage levels were below the national average. (See table 2.)

Large parish wage changes

Two of Louisiana’s seven largest parishes recorded wage growth rates well above the 0.6-percent national increase from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. (See table 1.) Tying for 24th among the nation’s largest counties, wages in both East Baton Rouge and St. Tammany rose 2.8 percent. Advancing at a slower pace, average weekly wages in Calcasieu increased 0.5 percent over the year, ranking 179th. In contrast, three parishes recorded wage decreases from the first quarter of 2012: Orleans (-1.5 percent, 310th), Caddo (-0.7 percent, 283rd), and Jefferson (-0.3 percent, 254th). Wages in Lafayette Parish were unchanged from a year ago.

Over the year, average weekly wages rose in 232 of the 334 largest counties. San Mateo, Calif., experienced the largest increase in the nation, up 14.8 percent. Benton, Ark., had the second largest increase (14.3 percent), followed by the counties of McLean, Ill. (11.8 percent), and Clayton, Ga. and Somerset, N.J. (both up 6.7 percent).

Among the nation’s 334 largest counties, 92 experienced over-the-year wage decreases. Williamson, Texas, had the largest wage decline with a loss of 13.4 percent. Middlesex, N.J., had the second largest wage decline (-5.8 percent), followed by Peoria, Ill. (-5.5 percent), Washington, Ore. (-3.5 percent), and Santa Cruz, Calif. (-3.4 percent).

Large parish average weekly wages

The Orleans Parish average weekly wage of $965 led among the state's largest parishes and ranked 117th in the country, though it was slightly below the national average of $989 in the first quarter of 2013. Orleans was followed by Lafayette ($913, 150th), East Baton Rouge ($907, 153rd), Jefferson ($856, 187th), and St. Tammany ($846, 202nd). Average weekly wages in Calcasieu ($831, 217th) and Caddo ($760, 286th) were in the bottom one-third of the national ranking.

In the first quarter of 2013, more than two-thirds of the largest U.S. counties (235) reported wages below the national weekly average of $989. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($564), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($573) and Hidalgo ($580). Among the nation’s 334 largest counties, 96 registered weekly wages above the U.S. average. New York, N.Y., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,448, more than four times the wage levels in the three lowest–paid counties. Somerset, N.J., was second-highest at $2,009, followed by the counties of Santa Clara, Calif. ($1,937), Fairfield, Conn. ($1,878), and San Mateo, Calif. ($1,859).

Average weekly wages in Louisiana's smaller parishes

For smaller parishes in Louisiana – those with employment below 75,000 – 52 of 57 reported weekly wages below the national average ($989) in the first quarter of 2013. In the five remaining smaller parishes, wages not only exceeded $1,000 per week, but also were the highest in the state: St. Charles ($1,276), Plaquemines ($1,238), St. James ($1,198), Iberville ($1,115), and West Feliciana ($1,030). The parishes of West Carroll and Franklin reported the lowest weekly wages in the state at $503 and $523, respectively. (See table 2.)

When all 64 parishes were considered, 12 reported average wages of $599 or less per week, 23 registered wages from $600 to $699, 7 had wages from $700 to $799, 8 had wages from $800 to $899, and 14 had wages of $900 or more. (See chart 1.) The higher-paying parishes were concentrated in the southern half of the state around the metropolitan areas of Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and New Orleans. The lower-paid parishes, those with weekly wages under $599, were generally located in the northeastern quadrant of the state.

Additional statistics and other information

QCEW data for states have been included in this release in table 3. For additional information about quarterly employment and wages data, please read the Technical Note or visit www.bls.gov/cew/.

Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online features comprehensive information by detailed industry on establishments, employment, and wages for the nation and all states. The 2012 edition of this publication contains selected data produced by Business Employment Dynamics (BED) on job gains and losses, as well as selected data from the first quarter 2013 version of the news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2012 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn12.htm.

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Updated MSA Definitions

New Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) definitions, and those for other types of Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), were announced in March 2013. The QCEW program will be using those definitions for tabulating data referencing 2013 and future years effective with the release of the first quarter 2013 data. Prior year data will not be re-tabulated to the new definitions. For more information regarding the new area definitions, see www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg_statpolicy#ms.

Technical Note

Average weekly wage data by county are compiled under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, also known as the ES-202 program. The data are derived from summaries of employment and total pay of workers covered by state and federal unemployment insurance (UI) legislation and provided by State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). The 9.2 million employer reports covered 130.2 million full- and part-time workers. The average weekly wage values are calculated by dividing quarterly total wages by the average of the three monthly employment levels of those covered by UI programs. The result is then divided by 13, the number of weeks in a quarter. It is to be noted, therefore, that over-the-year wage changes for geographic areas may reflect shifts in the composition of employment by industry, occupation, and such other factors as hours of work. Thus, wages may vary among counties, metropolitan areas, or states for reasons other than changes in the average wage level. Data for all states, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), counties, and the nation are available on the BLS Web site at www.bls.gov/cew/; however, data in QCEW press releases have been revised (see Technical Note below) and may not match the data contained on the BLS Web site.

QCEW data are not designed as a time series. QCEW data are simply the sums of individual establishment records reflecting the number of establishments that exist in a county or industry at a point in time. Establishments can move in or out of a county or industry for a number of reasons—some reflecting economic events, others reflecting administrative changes.

The preliminary QCEW data presented in this release may differ from data released by the individual states as well as from the data presented on the BLS Web site. These potential differences result from the states’ continuing receipt, review and editing of UI data over time. On the other hand, differences between data in this release and the data found on the BLS Web site are the result of adjustments made to improve over-the-year comparisons. Specifically, these adjustments account for administrative (noneconomic) changes such as a correction to a previously reported location or industry classification. Adjusting for these administrative changes allows users to more accurately assess changes of an economic nature (such as a firm moving from one county to another or changing its primary economic activity) over a 12-month period. Currently, adjusted data are available only from BLS press releases.



Table 1. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and the 7 largest parishes in Louisiana, first quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment Average Weekly Wage (3)
March
2013
(thousands)
Percent change,
March
2012-13 (4)
National
ranking by
percent change (5)
Average
weekly
wage
National
ranking by
level (5)
Percent change,
first quarter
2012-13 (4)
National
ranking by
percent change (5)

United States (6)

132,338.9 1.6 -- $989 -- 0.6 --

Louisiana

1,885.8 1.0 -- 847 28 1.3 13

Caddo, La.

117.1 -1.6 327 760 286 -0.7 283

Calcasieu, La.

85.5 2.2 101 831 217 0.5 179

East Baton Rouge, La.

262.3 1.4 164 907 153 2.8 24

Jefferson, La.

191.2 0.0 283 856 187 -0.3 254

Lafayette, La.

139.4 2.7 63 913 150 0.0 233

Orleans, La.

178.7 2.3 91 965 117 -1.5 310

St. Tammany, La.

79.9 2.1 107 843 202 2.8 24

(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(5) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(6) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.



Table 2. Covered (1) employment and wages in the United States and all parishes in Louisiana, 1st quarter 2013 (2)
Area Employment
March 2013
Average
Weekly Wage (3)

United States (4)

132,338,943 $989

Louisiana

1,885,815 847

Acadia

14,760 641

Allen

8,130 623

Ascension

38,759 949

Assumption

4,541 819

Avoyelles

10,909 559

Beauregard

8,429 737

Bienville

4,437 643

Bossier

42,307 681

Caddo

117,135 760

Calcasieu

85,475 831

Caldwell

2,370 538

Cameron

2,606 964

Catahoula

2,351 523

Claiborne

3,869 660

Concordia

6,012 612

De Soto

7,438 885

East Baton Rouge

262,304 907

East Carroll

1,829 622

East Feliciana

4,649 705

Evangeline

8,177 622

Franklin

4,958 523

Grant

3,493 653

Iberia

32,835 896

Iberville

13,549 1,115

Jackson

3,486 661

Jefferson

191,205 856

Jefferson Davis

8,648 662

La Salle

4,998 681

Lafayette

139,376 913

Lafourche

39,012 984

Lincoln

17,818 673

Livingston

23,299 663

Madison

3,340 525

Morehouse

7,120 550

Natchitoches

13,089 605

Orleans

178,693 965

Ouachita

69,724 699

Plaquemines

14,426 1,238

Pointe Coupee

4,998 597

Rapides

57,599 724

Red River

2,458 773

Richland

6,421 562

Sabine

5,271 616

St. Bernard

10,975 870

St. Charles

24,802 1,276

St. Helena

1,335 595

St. James

8,272 1,198

St. John the Baptist

14,365 948

St. Landry

24,112 628

St. Martin

13,810 745

St. Mary

26,542 920

St. Tammany

79,884 843

Tangipahoa

41,324 651

Tensas

1,093 545

Terrebonne

56,130 957

Union

4,799 538

Vermilion

13,480 782

Vernon

14,358 655

Washington

9,887 662

Webster

12,103 680

West Baton Rouge

11,724 842

West Carroll

2,361 503

West Feliciana

5,882 1,030

Winn

4,884 604

(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.



Table 3. Covered (1) employment and wages by state, first quarter 2013 (2)
State Employment Average weekly wage (3)
March 2013
(thousands)
Percent change,
March 2012-13
Average
weekly wage
National
ranking
by level
Percent change,
first quarter
2012-13
National
ranking by
percent change

United States (4)

132,338.9 1.6 $989 -- 0.6 --

Alabama

1,840.4 1.0 812 36 0.5 35

Alaska

317.9 0.5 988 15 1.5 12

Arizona

2,494.6 2.2 891 21 0.6 30

Arkansas

1,151.1 0.0 765 47 2.4 2

California

15,168.9 3.0 1,116 6 -0.2 45

Colorado

2,298.0 3.0 1,004 13 0.1 41

Connecticut

1,618.4 0.4 1,319 3 -0.5 49

Delaware

403.7 1.4 1,070 7 -0.2 45

District of Columbia

717.6 1.0 1,613 1 0.5 35

Florida

7,540.7 2.2 843 30 0.7 28

Georgia

3,878.7 1.8 940 18 1.0 20

Hawaii

616.3 2.4 842 31 1.2 14

Idaho

613.4 3.0 695 51 0.6 30

Illinois

5,601.4 0.7 1,058 9 -0.2 45

Indiana

2,808.1 1.1 832 34 1.2 14

Iowa

1,463.2 1.0 799 39 1.8 6

Kansas

1,322.0 0.7 807 37 0.4 37

Kentucky

1,765.2 0.9 791 40 0.8 23

Louisiana

1,885.8 1.0 847 28 1.3 13

Maine

561.6 0.0 771 45 1.8 6

Maryland

2,509.0 0.8 1,066 8 -0.6 50

Massachusetts

3,218.5 1.0 1,236 4 0.7 28

Michigan

3,950.7 2.1 922 20 0.3 39

Minnesota

2,632.9 1.9 1,002 14 1.2 14

Mississippi

1,088.9 0.4 696 50 1.2 14

Missouri

2,610.3 0.7 842 31 0.6 30

Montana

427.4 1.9 707 49 0.1 41

Nebraska

914.9 1.0 777 43 1.7 9

Nevada

1,144.1 2.3 844 29 -0.2 45

New Hampshire

606.0 0.7 938 19 1.6 11

New Jersey

3,780.4 1.1 1,234 5 0.6 30

New Mexico

784.7 0.6 778 42 -0.6 50

New York

8,565.7 1.0 1,362 2 0.4 37

North Carolina

3,934.4 1.6 884 23 1.7 9

North Dakota

415.0 4.4 885 22 3.1 1

Ohio

5,004.8 0.7 884 23 1.1 19

Oklahoma

1,551.3 1.2 823 35 2.4 2

Oregon

1,644.4 1.9 864 25 0.0 43

Pennsylvania

5,543.3 0.1 968 16 0.9 21

Rhode Island

445.3 0.8 954 17 2.4 2

South Carolina

1,823.7 1.4 773 44 1.2 14

South Dakota

394.3 1.0 709 48 0.9 21

Tennessee

2,675.0 1.5 854 27 0.8 23

Texas

10,928.5 3.0 1,015 12 0.3 39

Utah

1,233.4 3.3 804 38 0.6 30

Vermont

299.3 0.7 791 40 2.3 5

Virginia

3,616.8 0.9 1,027 11 0.8 23

Washington

2,890.8 2.3 1,028 10 1.8 6

West Virginia

701.0 -0.7 767 46 -0.1 44

Wisconsin

2,664.9 0.9 833 33 0.8 23

Wyoming

272.2 0.1 859 26 0.8 23

Puerto Rico

931.3 0.0 515 (5) -1.2 (5)

Virgin Islands

39.8 -6.7 726 (5) 0.4 (5)

(1) Includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.
(2) Data are preliminary.
(3) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(5) Data not included in the national ranking.




Average weekly wages by parish in Louisiana, first quarter 2013

 

Last Modified Date: October 25, 2013