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Hurricane Rita: Labor Market Statistics Prior to Disaster for Affected Areas

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) produces a wide range of labor market data that may be used in evaluation of the scale of Hurricane Rita's economic disruption. 

Establishments, employment, and total wages, annual average data (2004)

Individual county and State annual average establishment, employment, and wage data by industry for 2004 are available from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program for Louisiana and Texas (Zipped XLS spreadsheet files).

Business establishments in the path of Hurricane Rita

Approximately 7 percent of business establishments in the combined area of Louisiana and Texas were within 100 miles of the path of the center of Hurricane Rita. Approximately 27 percent of establishments in this area were within 200 miles. See map Locations of Business Establishments Relative to the Path of Hurricane Rita (PDF).

Establishments in flooded and damaged zones

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released an imagery-derived assessment of the zones in Louisiana and Texas damaged by high winds and floodwaters resulting from Hurricane Rita. As represented on the map, Business Establishments within Rita-Damaged Areas as Identified by FEMA (PDF), there were about 800 business establishments in areas of Louisiana and Texas that FEMA designated as flooded or damaged areas or both.  Over 8,000 establishments were inside or within half a mile of the Rita-damaged areas.

Links to Labor Market Data

The most recent labor market data available for the affected States and selected metropolitan areas (those that included counties or parishes with disaster designations) can be found on the following "Economy at a Glance" pages:

Unemployment rates by county for July 2005 (maps and tables) also are available:

Additional data can be obtained through the following program homepages:


Last Modified Date: September 30, 2005