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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Occupational Employment and Wages in New Orleans–Metairie, May 2016

Workers in the New Orleans-Metairie Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $20.87 in May 2016, about 13 percent below the nationwide average of $23.86, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were lower than their respective national averages in 16 of the 22 major occupational groups, including computer and mathematical; protective service; and legal. Local wages were measurably higher than their respective national averages in 4 groups, including production; architecture and engineering; and transportation and material moving. Local wages were not significantly different from the U.S. average in two groups.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 8 of the 22 occupational groups, including food preparation and serving related; sales and related; and transportation and material moving. Conversely, employment shares were significantly below their national representation in 11 groups, including production; computer and mathematical; and business and financial operations. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2016
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United
States
New Orleans-
Metairie, LA
United
States
New Orleans-
Metairie, LA
Percent
difference(1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0   $23.86 $20.87 * -13

Management

5.1 4.5 * 56.74 48.29 * -15

Business and financial operations

5.2 4.1 * 36.09 30.21 * -16

Computer and mathematical

3.0 1.4 * 42.25 32.55 * -23

Architecture and engineering

1.8 1.7   40.53 45.55 * 12

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.6 * 35.06 34.26   -2

Community and social service

1.4 1.2 * 22.69 20.38 * -10

Legal

0.8 1.0 * 50.95 42.38 * -17

Education, training, and library

6.2 5.4 * 26.21 22.07 * -16

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.3   28.07 29.63   6

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 7.0 * 38.06 32.34 * -15

Healthcare support

2.9 2.2 * 14.65 12.52 * -15

Protective service

2.4 3.4 * 22.03 17.70 * -20

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 11.9 * 11.47 9.84 * -14

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.2 2.9 * 13.47 11.42 * -15

Personal care and service

3.2 3.1   12.74 10.83 * -15

Sales and related

10.4 11.5 * 19.50 16.79 * -14

Office and administrative support

15.7 14.8 * 17.91 16.00 * -11

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 13.37 17.59 * 32

Construction and extraction

4.0 4.6 * 23.51 21.02 * -11

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 4.5 * 22.45 21.23 * -5

Production

6.5 4.8 * 17.88 22.07 * 23

Transportation and material moving

6.9 8.1 * 17.34 18.66 * 8

Footnotes:
(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.

* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group–transportation and material moving–was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. New Orleans had 44,940 jobs in transportation and material moving, accounting for 8.1 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 6.9-percent national share. The local average hourly wage for this occupational group was $18.66, about 8 percent above the national average of $17.34.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the transportation and material moving group included hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers (13,520), heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers (5,800), and light truck or delivery services drivers (3,320). Among the higher-paying jobs were captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels, as well as ship engineers, with mean hourly wages of $47.46 and $39.84, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were parking lot attendants ($9.67) and cleaners of vehicles and equipment ($10.49). (Detailed occupational data for transportation and material moving are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of all detailed occupations, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_35380.htm.)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the New Orleans metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the transportation and material moving group. For instance, captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels were employed at 21.4 times the national average in New Orleans, and sailors and marine oilers, at 19.5 times the U.S. rate. Two other local occupations had double-digit location quotients, ship engineers at 14.5 and tank car, truck, and ship loaders at 10.0. All four of these location quotients were among the highest in all metropolitan areas for these particular occupations. On the other hand, light truck or delivery services drivers had a location quotient of 1.0 in New Orleans, indicating that this occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Note

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.


Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 650 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), metropolitan divisions, nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels, and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm.

OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2016 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, November 2014, May 2014, and November 2013. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 73 percent based on establishments and 69 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The unweighted employment of sampled establishments across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 58 percent of total national employment. The sample in the New Orleans-Metairie Metropolitan Statistical Area included 4,132 establishments with a response rate of 76 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.tn.htm.

The May 2016 OES estimates are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/soc and information about the 2012 NAICS is available at www.bls.gov/bls/naics.htm.

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The New Orleans-Metairie Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany Parishes in Louisiana.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at www.bls.gov/regions/southwest. Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at www.bls.gov/oes/oes_ques.htm. Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in the Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/methods_statement.pdf.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2016
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
quotient(3)
Hourly Annual(4)

Transportation and material moving occupations

44,940 1.2 $18.66 $38,820

Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

60 2.0 22.91 47,640

First-line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand

1,060 1.5 22.61 47,020

First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

1,290 1.6 29.85 62,090

Commercial pilots

160 1.0 (5) 54,490

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

(6) (6) 19.18 39,890

Bus drivers, school or special client

1,550 0.8 12.11 25,190

Driver/sales workers

1,360 0.8 12.72 26,450

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

5,800 0.9 20.80 43,270

Light truck or delivery services drivers

3,320 1.0 16.54 34,400

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

930 1.2 12.02 24,990

Motor vehicle operators, all other

(6) (6) 20.46 42,560

Sailors and marine oilers

2,520 19.5 21.10 43,900

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

3,120 21.4 47.46 98,720

Ship engineers

560 14.5 39.84 82,860

Bridge and lock tenders

100 7.2 15.09 31,390

Parking lot attendants

1,020 1.8 9.67 20,110

Automotive and watercraft service attendants

260 0.6 15.21 31,630

Traffic technicians

(6) (6) 19.85 41,290

Transportation inspectors

(6) (6) 31.69 65,910

Transportation attendants, except flight attendants

(6) (6) 11.08 23,040

Transportation workers, all other

380 2.6 13.18 27,420

Conveyor operators and tenders

320 2.8 17.95 37,340

Crane and tower operators

910 5.1 24.67 51,320

Dredge operators

(6) (6) 18.17 37,780

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators

120 0.6 21.40 44,520

Industrial truck and tractor operators

1,700 0.8 15.95 33,170

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

1,370 1.0 10.49 21,820

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

13,520 1.3 12.52 26,030

Packers and packagers, hand

880 0.3 10.57 21,980

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

390 0.9 13.42 27,910

Tank car, truck, and ship loaders

440 10.0 21.71 45,160

Material moving workers, all other

110 1.1 19.08 39,680

Footnotes:
(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_35380.htm.
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.
(6) Estimates not released.

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017