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Monday, October 03, 2016

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Parish Employment and Wages in Louisiana – First Quarter 2016

Employment rose in 4 of the 7 largest parishes in Louisiana from March 2015 to March 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties/parishes are those with 2015 annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that the rate of job growth in Calcasieu Parish (2.8 percent) exceeded the U.S. average. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 2.0 percent from March 2015 to March 2016 as 318 of the 344 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Williamson, Tenn., had the largest percentage increase, up 7.9 percent over the year. Midland, Texas, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment, down 9.0 percent. Within Midland, natural resources and mining had the largest decrease in employment.

Among the seven largest parishes in Louisiana, employment was highest in East Baton Rouge (269,800) in March 2016, followed by Orleans (193,100) and Jefferson (191,900). Together, Louisiana's seven large parishes accounted for 56.7 percent of the state’s total employment. Nationwide, the 344 largest counties made up 72.6 percent of total U.S. employment.

From the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, Calcasieu was the only large parish in the state to record an increase in average weekly wages, with a gain of 3.6 percent. (See table 1.) Orleans had the highest average wage among the largest parishes at $981 per week. Nationally, average weekly wages fell 0.5 percent over the year to $1,043.

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

Large parish wage changes

Average weekly wages fell in 6 of the 7 large Louisiana parishes from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. As noted, Calcasieu was the only large Louisiana parish with an over-the-year wage gain, up 3.6 percent. This increase ranked 10th among the nation’s 344 large counties. In contrast, average weekly wages decreased 10.3 percent in Lafayette, ranking the parish 341st. Wages fell at a slower pace in the other large parishes, though the declines were greater than the U.S. average: Jefferson (-1.0 percent), East Baton Rouge (-1.5 percent), Caddo and Orleans (-2.0 percent each), and St. Tammany (-3.0 percent).

Nationally, 167 of the 344 largest counties registered over-the-year wage decreases. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage wage decrease among the large U.S. counties, down 13.3 percent from the first quarter of 2015. Washington, Pa., had the second largest decrease (-12.0 percent), followed by Lafayette, La. (-10.3 percent).

Among the nation’s 344 largest counties, 164 experienced over-the-year wage increases. Clayton, Ga., had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages with a gain of 15.5 percent. King, Wash., had the second largest wage increase (5.1 percent), followed by San Mateo, Calif. (4.8 percent).

Large parish average weekly wages

Weekly wages in all of the state’s seven large parishes were below the national average of $1,043 in the first quarter of 2016. However, average weekly wages in two of these parishes placed in the top half of the national ranking. Orleans ($981) had the highest average weekly wage among the state's large parishes and ranked 136th in the country, followed by East Baton Rouge ($930, 161st). Average weekly wages in the five remaining large parishes ranged from $889 to $776 and placed in bottom half of the national ranking.

In the first quarter of 2016, nearly three-fourths of the largest U.S. counties (253) reported wages below the national weekly average of $1,043. Horry County, S.C., reported the lowest wage ($587), followed by the Texas counties of Cameron ($592), Hidalgo ($614), and Webb ($650).

Among the nation’s 344 largest counties, 91 registered weekly wages above the U.S. average. New York, N.Y., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,783. Santa Clara, Calif., was second at $2,210, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($2,195), San Francisco, Calif. ($2,054), and Somerset, N.J. ($2,022). Average wages in the highest-ranked county, New York, N.Y., were more than four times the average wage in the lowest-ranked county, Horry, S.C. ($587).

Average weekly wages in Louisiana's smaller parishes

For smaller parishes in Louisiana – those with employment below 75,000 – 51 of 57 reported weekly wages below the national average ($1,043) in the first quarter of 2016. In the six remaining smaller parishes, wages not only exceeded the national average, but were also the highest in the state, ranging from $1,480 in Cameron to $1,063 in St. John the Baptist. Madison and Franklin Parishes had the lowest weekly wages in the state at $535 and $536, respectively. (See table 2.)

When all 64 parishes were considered, 6 reported average weekly wages of $549 or less, 27 registered wages from $550 to $699, 12 had wages from $700 to $849, 12 had wages from $850 to $999, and 7 had wages of $1,000 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, Lake Charles, and New Orleans. The lowest-paid parishes, those with weekly wages under $549, 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 2015 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 2016 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2015 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn15.htm

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2016 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.


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 9.7 million employer reports cover 140.1 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 Bureau’s 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.

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. Covered employment and wages in the United States and the 7 largest parishes in Louisiana, first quarter 2016
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2016
(thousands)
Percent change,
March
2015-16 (2)
National ranking
by percent
change (3)
Average
weekly
wage
National
ranking by
level (3)
Percent change,
first quarter
2015-16 (2)
National ranking
by percent
change (3)

United States (4)

140,070.8 2.0 -- $1,043 -- -0.5 --

Louisiana

1,910.5 -0.8 -- 860 32 -2.6 47

Caddo, La.

114.3 -1.0 330 776 302 -2.0 270

Calcasieu, La.

94.2 2.8 99 889 195 3.6 10

East Baton Rouge, La.

269.8 1.0 263 930 161 -1.5 247

Jefferson, La.

191.9 -1.2 332 875 205 -1.0 222

Lafayette, La.

132.1 -5.5 342 857 220 -10.3 341

Orleans, La.

193.1 1.8 192 981 136 -2.0 270

St. Tammany, La.

87.1 2.0 168 852 227 -3.0 301

(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Percent changes were computed from quarterly employment and pay data adjusted for noneconomic county reclassifications.
(3) Ranking does not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(4) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

 

Table 2. Covered employment and wages in the United States and all parishes in Louisiana, first quarter 2016
Area Employment
March
2016
Average
weekly
wage (1)

United States (2)

140,070,814 $1,043

Louisiana

1,910,487 860

Acadia

14,341 610

Allen

7,713 710

Ascension

44,357 1,035

Assumption

3,864 718

Avoyelles

10,584 546

Beauregard

8,490 717

Bienville

4,272 661

Bossier

43,695 679

Caddo

114,274 776

Calcasieu

94,210 889

Caldwell

2,343 597

Cameron

6,935 1,480

Catahoula

1,905 544

Claiborne

3,424 673

Concordia

5,418 608

De Soto

6,610 941

East Baton Rouge

269,761 930

East Carroll

1,833 543

East Feliciana

4,889 701

Evangeline

8,020 615

Franklin

4,579 536

Grant

3,418 712

Iberia

27,971 845

Iberville

15,040 1,255

Jackson

3,624 664

Jefferson

191,855 875

Jefferson Davis

8,328 654

La Salle

4,328 673

Lafayette

132,140 857

Lafourche

35,304 912

Lincoln

18,650 664

Livingston

26,816 644

Madison

3,310 535

Morehouse

6,753 553

Natchitoches

13,387 606

Orleans

193,117 981

Ouachita

72,043 720

Plaquemines

13,649 1,266

Pointe Coupee

4,988 619

Rapides

58,240 722

Red River

2,443 686

Richland

6,371 585

Sabine

5,451 605

St. Bernard

10,240 791

St. Charles

27,161 1,366

St. Helena

1,466 674

St. James

7,909 1,398

St. John the Baptist

14,474 1,063

St. Landry

23,982 640

St. Martin

12,000 722

St. Mary

23,137 928

St. Tammany

87,055 852

Tangipahoa

41,706 632

Tensas

979 578

Terrebonne

52,068 937

Union

4,828 542

Vermilion

13,082 707

Vernon

13,620 675

Washington

10,645 649

Webster

11,743 659

West Baton Rouge

13,281 916

West Carroll

2,298 612

West Feliciana

5,231 946

Winn

4,800 640

(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.

Note: Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs. Data are preliminary.



 

Table 3. Covered employment and wages by state, first quarter 2016
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March
2016
(thousands)
Percent change,
March
2015-16
Average
weekly
wage
National
ranking by
level
Percent change,
first quarter
2015-16
National
ranking by
percent change

United States (2)

140,070.8 2.0 $1,043 -- -0.5 --

Alabama

1,902.6 1.6 842 37 -0.2 22

Alaska

317.6 -1.4 1,028 15 -2.0 43

Arizona

2,679.8 2.8 918 23 -0.8 30

Arkansas

1,191.1 2.1 793 45 0.5 13

California

16,455.5 2.6 1,206 6 0.0 20

Colorado

2,514.6 2.4 1,057 13 -1.3 36

Connecticut

1,650.6 0.6 1,362 3 -1.4 38

Delaware

429.7 1.5 1,072 10 -3.0 48

District of Columbia

749.6 2.0 1,766 1 0.4 14

Florida

8,301.8 3.5 887 27 0.2 18

Georgia

4,215.1 3.0 1,008 17 1.9 2

Hawaii

645.1 1.4 896 26 1.7 3

Idaho

670.4 3.5 725 50 -1.5 39

Illinois

5,800.6 1.2 1,126 7 -0.5 28

Indiana

2,949.5 1.9 853 33 -0.5 28

Iowa

1,518.2 0.9 844 36 -0.4 27

Kansas

1,362.3 0.4 833 38 -2.0 43

Kentucky

1,843.9 1.9 823 41 0.1 19

Louisiana

1,910.5 -0.8 860 32 -2.6 47

Maine

580.5 1.8 804 44 1.1 8

Maryland

2,591.7 1.9 1,103 9 -0.8 30

Massachusetts

3,414.8 2.1 1,327 4 -1.0 33

Michigan

4,163.7 2.1 976 20 0.7 11

Minnesota

2,750.1 1.5 1,065 12 -1.2 34

Mississippi

1,121.0 1.7 713 51 0.4 14

Missouri

2,729.5 1.9 879 29 -0.3 25

Montana

447.8 1.8 751 49 0.3 16

Nebraska

956.6 1.4 817 42 0.0 20

Nevada

1,264.1 3.0 875 30 1.2 5

New Hampshire

635.1 1.9 998 18 1.6 4

New Jersey

3,909.7 2.4 1,268 5 -1.7 41

New Mexico

800.4 0.0 792 46 -1.6 40

New York

9,042.2 2.0 1,456 2 -0.3 25

North Carolina

4,220.3 3.0 928 22 -0.2 22

North Dakota

409.4 -6.2 908 25 -7.6 51

Ohio

5,236.2 1.8 913 24 -0.8 30

Oklahoma

1,578.6 -0.9 833 38 -4.1 49

Oregon

1,808.2 3.2 929 21 1.2 5

Pennsylvania

5,662.2 1.1 1,012 16 -1.9 42

Rhode Island

464.6 1.9 985 19 -2.2 46

South Carolina

1,974.6 2.7 806 43 0.8 10

South Dakota

410.5 0.9 771 48 1.2 5

Tennessee

2,859.2 3.3 887 27 0.3 16

Texas

11,638.7 0.7 1,066 11 -2.1 45

Utah

1,369.2 3.8 849 35 0.6 12

Vermont

304.6 0.1 832 40 1.0 9

Virginia

3,748.1 2.6 1,057 13 -1.2 34

Washington

3,147.7 3.1 1,121 8 3.0 1

West Virginia

683.9 -1.2 782 47 -1.3 36

Wisconsin

2,771.4 1.3 875 30 -0.2 22

Wyoming

267.9 -3.7 850 34 -4.7 50

Puerto Rico

895.2 -1.2 520 (3) -0.4 (3)

Virgin Islands

38.6 0.4 769 (3) 2.9 (3)

(1) Average weekly wages were calculated using unrounded data.
(2) Totals for the United States do not include data for Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
(3) Data not included in the national ranking.

Note: Data are preliminary. Covered employment and wages includes workers covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) programs.

 

Last Modified Date: Monday, October 03, 2016