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Monday, October 02, 2017

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Parish Employment and Wages in Louisiana – First Quarter 2017

Employment rose in 2 of the 7 largest parishes in Louisiana from March 2016 to March 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties/parishes are those with 2016 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 (1.8 percent) exceeded the U.S. average. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.6 percent from March 2016 to March 2017 as 299 of the 346 largest U.S. counties registered increases. York, S.C., had the largest percentage increase, up 6.8 percent over the year. Kanawha, W.Va., had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment among the largest counties in the U.S., with a loss of 2.7 percent.

Among the seven largest parishes in Louisiana, employment was highest in East Baton Rouge (268,700) in March 2017, followed by Orleans (191,700) and Jefferson (190,700). Together, Louisiana's seven large parishes accounted for 56.7 percent of the state’s total employment. Nationwide, the 346 largest counties made up 72.8 percent of total U.S. employment.

From the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017, East Baton Rouge recorded the greatest increase in average weekly wages among the large Louisiana parishes, with a gain of 7.7 percent. (See table 1.) Orleans had the highest average wage among the largest parishes at $1,023 per week. Nationally, average weekly wages increased 6.6 percent over the year to $1,111.

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 five of these smaller parishes were above the national average. (See table 2.)

Large parish wage changes

Average weekly wages rose in all 7 large Louisiana parishes from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017. East Baton Rouge Parish’s 7.7-percent rise in average weekly wages ranked 73rd among the nation’s 346 largest counties. (See table 1.) Weekly wages increased at rates of 6.4 percent in Jefferson Parish (170th) and 5.9 percent in Caddo Parish (210th). Over-the-year wage gains in the remaining four large parishes were 4.7 percent or less.

Among the 346 largest U.S. counties, 345 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. McLean, Ill., had the largest percentage wage increase among the largest U.S. counties, up 27.8 percent from the first quarter of 2016. Peoria, Ill., experienced the only percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 1.1 percent over the year.

Large parish average weekly wages

Weekly wages in all of the state’s seven large parishes were below the national average of $1,111 in the first quarter of 2017. However, average weekly wages in two of these Louisiana parishes were within 10 percent of the U.S. average and placed in the top half of the national ranking. Orleans ($1,023) had the highest average weekly wage among the state's large parishes and ranked 141st in the country, followed by East Baton Rouge ($1,009, 154th). Average weekly wages in the five remaining large parishes ranged from $925 to $814 and placed in bottom half of the national ranking.

In the first quarter of 2017, more than 70 percent of the largest U.S. counties (252) reported wages below the national weekly average of $1,111. Cameron, Texas, reported the lowest wage ($614), followed by Horry County, S.C. ($628), and the Texas counties of Hidalgo ($642) and Webb ($675).

Among the nation’s 346 largest counties, 93 registered weekly wages above the U.S. average. New York, N.Y., held the top position with an average weekly wage of $2,954. Santa Clara, Calif., was second at $2,450, followed by San Mateo, Calif. ($2,385), and San Francisco, Calif. ($2,264). Average wages in the highest-ranked county, New York, N.Y., were more than four times the average wage in the lowest-ranked county, Cameron, Texas ($614).

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 ($1,111) in the first quarter of 2017. In the five remaining smaller parishes, wages not only exceeded the national average, but were also the highest in the state, ranging from $1,491 in Cameron to $1,319 in Plaquemines. East Carroll and Franklin Parishes had the lowest weekly wages in the state, both at $558. (See table 2.)

When all 64 parishes were considered, 6 reported average weekly wages of $599 or less, 29 registered wages from $600 to $749, 11 had wages from $750 to $899, 10 had wages from $900 to $1,049, and 8 had wages of $1,050 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 $600, 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 2016 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 2017 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages 2016 are now available online at www.bls.gov/cew/cewbultn16.htm. The 2017 edition of Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online will be available in September 2018.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2017 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Industry Changes

Beginning with this release, the QCEW program now uses the 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as the basis for the assignment and tabulation of economic data by industry. For more information on the change to NAICS, please see the Federal Register at www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/federal_register_notices/notices/fr08au16.pdf. For information on the use of the 2017 version of NAICS in QCEW, see www.bls.gov/cew/naics2017.htm.


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 9.9 million employer reports cover 142.3 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 2017
AreaEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
March
2016-17 (2)
National ranking
by percent
change (3)
Average
weekly
wage
National
ranking by
level (3)
Percent change,
first quarter
2016-17 (2)
National ranking
by percent
change (3)

United States (4)

142,309.21.6--$1,111--6.6--

Louisiana

1,901.3-0.5--906335.543

Caddo, La.

112.8-1.03388143105.9210

Calcasieu, La.

96.61.81439172144.1310

East Baton Rouge, La.

268.70.03001,0091547.773

Jefferson, La.

190.7-0.53289252086.4170

Lafayette, La.

129.2-2.33458722682.0343

Orleans, La.

191.70.03001,0231414.7284

St. Tammany, La.

87.60.32808762642.6340
(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 2017
AreaEmployment March 2017Average weekly wage(1)

United States(2)

142,309,185$1,111

Louisiana

1,901,295906

Acadia

14,348655

Allen

7,885737

Ascension

43,7521,101

Assumption

3,820784

Avoyelles

11,026605

Beauregard

8,198793

Bienville

4,356701

Bossier

43,201728

Caddo

112,780814

Calcasieu

96,620917

Caldwell

2,381644

Cameron

12,2401,491

Catahoula

2,040582

Claiborne

3,312692

Concordia

5,346635

De Soto

6,628992

East Baton Rouge

268,6681,009

East Carroll

1,746558

East Feliciana

4,912788

Evangeline

8,299646

Franklin

4,650558

Grant

3,224764

Iberia

26,377851

Iberville

16,2691,381

Jackson

3,597700

Jefferson

190,688925

Jefferson Davis

8,264671

La Salle

4,238665

Lafayette

129,186872

Lafourche

33,461917

Lincoln

18,653692

Livingston

27,174737

Madison

3,294575

Morehouse

6,800591

Natchitoches

13,328665

Orleans

191,7211,023

Ouachita

70,928787

Plaquemines

12,7141,319

Pointe Coupee

4,853660

Rapides

56,568762

Red River

2,537744

Richland

6,460606

Sabine

5,060657

St. Bernard

10,283924

St. Charles

23,9171,444

St. Helena

1,497695

St. James

7,8011,431

St. John the Baptist

14,5871,074

St. Landry

23,349662

St. Martin

11,980757

St. Mary

21,106936

St. Tammany

87,569876

Tangipahoa

43,307665

Tensas

951661

Terrebonne

49,303925

Union

4,809596

Vermilion

12,608730

Vernon

13,125726

Washington

10,908673

Webster

11,226700

West Baton Rouge

12,7321,014

West Carroll

2,280703

West Feliciana

5,5701,090

Winn

4,581675
(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 2017
StateEmploymentAverage weekly wage (1)
March 2017
(thousands)
Percent change,
March 2016-17
Average
weekly wage
National ranking
by level
Percent change,
first quarter 2016-17
National ranking
by percent change

United States (2)

142,309.21.6$1,111--6.6--

Alabama

1,928.91.4893366.235

Alaska

312.8-1.81,061183.950

Arizona

2,743.02.4991218.14

Arkansas

1,199.90.7859458.53

California

16,831.42.31,29567.67

Colorado

2,573.22.31,136127.510

Connecticut

1,651.50.11,41744.049

Delaware

433.20.81,185910.71

District of Columbia

760.71.21,88517.016

Florida

8,532.62.8949277.213

Georgia

4,317.12.71,068176.137

Hawaii

653.60.9954256.822

Idaho

690.43.0775507.016

Illinois

5,842.00.51,19586.334

Indiana

2,985.81.2918327.67

Iowa

1,518.30.0899356.530

Kansas

1,368.00.4888386.725

Kentucky

1,864.11.1879416.918

Louisiana

1,901.3-0.5906335.543

Maine

586.71.0860447.213

Maryland

2,626.01.21,171105.842

Massachusetts

3,464.01.11,42837.76

Michigan

4,230.61.71,041206.822

Minnesota

2,806.42.11,149117.95

Mississippi

1,122.90.1750515.346

Missouri

2,767.01.4930315.938

Montana

451.51.4800496.530

Nebraska

960.70.4868426.433

Nevada

1,311.63.8932306.918

New Hampshire

643.21.21,070167.311

New Jersey

3,955.11.51,33355.047

New Mexico

803.30.2838465.938

New York

9,159.31.31,54125.938

North Carolina

4,287.01.8991216.918

North Dakota

405.7-1.0953265.047

Ohio

5,278.30.8976246.725

Oklahoma

1,563.9-1.0883395.938

Oregon

1,855.02.5984235.445

Pennsylvania

5,712.30.81,078156.530

Rhode Island

465.40.31,055197.213

South Carolina

2,017.92.2864437.311

South Dakota

413.40.7819486.235

Tennessee

2,906.21.8945286.725

Texas

11,924.51.71,124145.543

Utah

1,411.33.1905346.629

Vermont

305.60.2889376.725

Virginia

3,796.31.41,129136.918

Washington

3,225.92.61,21578.62

West Virginia

678.2-0.8837477.67

Wisconsin

2,803.71.1933296.822

Wyoming

262.4-2.3880403.351

Puerto Rico

887.7-0.9526(3)1.2(3)

Virgin Islands

38.70.0797(3)3.1(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 02, 2017