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Monday, September 09, 2019

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Parish Employment and Wages in Louisiana – First Quarter 2019

Employment rose in 4 of the 7 largest parishes in Louisiana from March 2018 to March 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Large counties/parishes are those with 2018 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 St. Tammany Parish, 2.2 percent, ranked 69th highest among the 355 large U.S. counties. (See table 1.)

Nationally, employment advanced 1.4 percent from March 2018 to March 2019 as 298 of the 355 largest U.S. counties registered increases. Midland, TX, had the largest percentage increase, up 5.8 percent over the year. Bay, FL, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment with a loss of 5.9 percent.

Among the seven largest parishes in Louisiana, employment was highest in East Baton Rouge (267,600) in March 2019, followed by Orleans (197,800) and Jefferson (188,200). Together, Louisiana's seven large parishes accounted for 56.7 percent of the state’s total employment. Nationwide, the 355 largest counties made up 73.5 percent of total U.S. employment.

From the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, Calcasieu recorded the biggest increase in average weekly wages among the large Louisiana parishes, with a gain of 5.1 percent. (See table 1.) Orleans had the highest average wage among the largest parishes at $1,064 per week. Nationally, average weekly wages increased 2.8 percent over the year to $1,184.

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 rose in all seven large Louisiana parishes from the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019. Calcasieu Parish’s 5.1-percent rise in average weekly wages ranked 31st among the nation’s 355 largest counties. (See table 1.) Jefferson Parish’s 3.3-percent weekly wage increase ranked 110th in the nation. The smallest increase among the large Louisiana parishes was in Orleans (0.8 percent, 303rd). Over-the-year wage gains in the remaining four large parishes ranged from 2.8 percent to 2.2 percent.

Among the 355 largest U.S. counties, 325 had over-the-year increases in average weekly wages. San Francisco, CA, had the largest over-the-year wage gain, up 10.2 percent from the first quarter of 2018. Over-the-year decreases in average weekly wages occurred in 28 large U.S. counties. Elkhart, IN, had the largest over-the-year percentage decrease in average weekly wages with a loss of 7.6 percent.

Large parish average weekly wages

Weekly wages in all seven large parishes in Louisiana were below the national average of $1,184 in the first quarter of 2019. However, average weekly wage levels in two of these parishes placed in the top half of the national ranking. Orleans ($1,064) had the highest average weekly wage among the state's large parishes and ranked 153rd in the country, followed by East Baton Rouge ($1,050, 166th). Average weekly wages in the five remaining large parishes ranged from $1,007 to $859 and placed in bottom half of the national ranking.

In the first quarter of 2019, 263 of the 355 largest U.S. counties reported wages below the national weekly average of $1,184. Cameron, TX, reported the lowest wage ($648), followed by Horry County, SC ($652), and Hidalgo, TX ($662).

Among the nation’s 355 largest counties, 92 registered weekly wages above the U.S. average. New York, NY, held the top position with an average weekly wage of $3,153. San Francisco, CA, was second at $2,759, closely followed by Santa Clara, CA, at $2,758. Average wages in the highest-ranked county, New York, NY, were nearly five times the average wage in the lowest-ranked county, Cameron, TX ($648).

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 ($1,184) in the first quarter of 2019. In the six remaining smaller parishes, wages not only exceeded the national average, but were also the highest in the state, ranging from $1,900 in Cameron to $1,419 in West Feliciana. Franklin Parish had the lowest weekly wages in the state at $574. (See table 2.)

When all 64 parishes were considered, 3 reported average weekly wages of $599 or less, 28 registered wages from $600 to $749, 11 had wages from $750 to $899, 11 had wages from $900 to $1,049, and 11 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 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 2018 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 2019 version of the national news release. Tables and additional content from Employment and Wages Annual Averages Online are now available at www.bls.gov/cew/publications/employment-and-wages-annual-averages/2018/home.htm.

The County Employment and Wages release for second quarter 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

QCEW Data Now Available in Census Business Builder Version 2.6

The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages data is now available in Census Business Builder Version 2.6, a suite of U.S. Census Bureau web tools that assists business owners and regional analysts in data-driven decision making. As the first collaboration of this type between the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, this data-sharing project makes data more accessible for local users and enhances the efficiency of digital service delivery. The Census Business Builder is available at: www.census.gov/data/data-tools/cbb.html.


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 10.0 million employer reports cover 144.6 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 2019
Area Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2019
(thousands)
Percent change,
March
2018-19 (2)

National ranking
by percent
change (3)

Average
weekly
wage
National ranking
by level (3)
Percent change,
first quarter
2018-19 (2)
National ranking
by percent
change (3)

United States (4)

146,497.6 1.4 -- $1,184 -- 2.8 --

Louisiana

1,916.8 -0.1 -- 954 34 2.5 32

Caddo, La.

111.5 -0.3 316 859 314 2.3 200

Calcasieu, La.

102.5 -1.6 348 1,007 191 5.1 31

East Baton Rouge, La.

267.6 0.3 263 1,050 166 2.2 212

Jefferson, La.

188.2 -0.2 308 960 223 3.3 110

Lafayette, La.

130.4 1.0 184 914 273 2.8 153

Orleans, La.

197.8 0.9 201 1,064 153 0.8 303

St. Tammany, La.

89.3 2.2 69 921 270 2.8 153

(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, 1st quarter 2019
Area Employment
March
2019
Average
weekly
wage(1)

United States(2)

146,497,599 $1,184

Louisiana

1,916,817 954

Acadia

14,285 682

Allen

7,643 735

Ascension

47,501 1,151

Assumption

3,795 825

Avoyelles

10,373 601

Beauregard

7,222 871

Bienville

4,227 767

Bossier

44,402 800

Caddo

111,522 859

Calcasieu

102,496 1,007

Caldwell

2,265 637

Cameron

9,467 1,900

Catahoula

1,933 594

Claiborne

3,417 736

Concordia

5,109 677

De Soto

6,967 1,044

East Baton Rouge

267,609 1,050

East Carroll

1,673 584

East Feliciana

5,189 862

Evangeline

7,661 649

Franklin

4,742 574

Grant

3,368 737

Iberia

26,326 925

Iberville

15,595 1,440

Jackson

3,289 753

Jefferson

188,182 960

Jefferson Davis

8,021 709

La Salle

4,684 745

Lafayette

130,353 914

Lafourche

33,727 961

Lincoln

19,330 696

Livingston

28,620 732

Madison

3,061 600

Morehouse

6,560 660

Natchitoches

13,265 692

Orleans

197,774 1,064

Ouachita

70,299 800

Plaquemines

12,171 1,450

Pointe Coupee

5,250 911

Rapides

56,397 796

Red River

2,519 725

Richland

6,453 641

Sabine

5,417 687

St. Bernard

10,027 1,043

St. Charles

23,031 1,525

St. Helena

1,542 711

St. James

8,069 1,575

St. John the Baptist

14,801 1,118

St. Landry

23,708 698

St. Martin

11,761 822

St. Mary

21,236 969

St. Tammany

89,287 921

Tangipahoa

43,520 685

Tensas

868 626

Terrebonne

49,782 974

Union

5,160 625

Vermilion

12,544 747

Vernon

12,547 767

Washington

10,301 682

Webster

11,707 736

West Baton Rouge

12,840 1,127

West Carroll

2,020 630

West Feliciana

5,795 1,419

Winn

4,441 730

(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 2019
State Employment Average weekly wage (1)
March 2019 (thousands) Percent change, March 2018-19 Average weekly wage National ranking by level Percent change, first quarter 2018-19 National ranking by percent change

United States (2)

146,497.6 1.4 $1,184 -- 2.8 --

Alabama

1,978.0 1.6 944 38 2.5 32

Alaska

312.4 0.3 1,108 18 3.3 9

Arizona

2,895.1 2.5 1,056 22 3.0 21

Arkansas

1,218.5 0.7 896 45 2.2 38

California

17,436.4 1.8 1,401 5 3.8 4

Colorado

2,690.3 1.9 1,231 9 4.8 2

Connecticut

1,650.6 0.0 1,487 4 2.3 34

Delaware

444.1 1.3 1,199 13 -0.1 51

District of Columbia

773.5 0.5 1,921 1 0.2 49

Florida

8,894.3 2.1 1,015 26 2.7 25

Georgia

4,488.6 2.1 1,121 17 2.6 28

Hawaii

658.1 -0.4 1,006 27 3.4 8

Idaho

732.3 2.7 828 50 2.3 34

Illinois

5,912.0 0.1 1,275 8 2.7 25

Indiana

3,059.1 1.2 963 33 0.9 48

Iowa

1,527.1 0.1 942 39 2.3 34

Kansas

1,379.3 0.6 940 40 3.2 12

Kentucky

1,882.6 0.6 920 41 2.2 38

Louisiana

1,916.8 -0.1 954 34 2.5 32

Maine

599.8 1.2 919 42 3.1 16

Maryland

2,670.3 0.9 1,228 10 1.7 45

Massachusetts

3,558.1 1.1 1,561 3 3.5 7

Michigan

4,307.4 0.6 1,078 20 0.1 50

Minnesota

2,840.8 0.5 1,203 12 2.3 34

Mississippi

1,129.8 0.4 779 51 1.8 43

Missouri

2,788.4 0.5 986 31 2.6 28

Montana

458.8 0.9 844 49 3.1 16

Nebraska

965.6 0.1 917 43 2.2 38

Nevada

1,392.2 3.0 992 29 1.5 47

New Hampshire

656.2 1.2 1,156 15 3.1 16

New Jersey

4,040.2 1.3 1,399 6 1.7 45

New Mexico

825.4 1.3 890 47 3.2 12

New York

9,453.5 1.5 1,639 2 2.6 28

North Carolina

4,458.5 2.0 1,054 23 3.2 12

North Dakota

414.3 1.5 1,021 25 3.3 9

Ohio

5,363.2 0.7 1,035 24 3.0 21

Oklahoma

1,617.0 1.1 953 35 4.3 3

Oregon

1,921.9 1.3 1,060 21 3.3 9

Pennsylvania

5,850.3 1.1 1,146 16 2.8 24

Rhode Island

474.7 0.8 1,104 19 1.8 43

South Carolina

2,110.0 2.0 901 44 3.0 21

South Dakota

419.0 0.4 865 48 2.7 25

Tennessee

3,004.2 2.0 996 28 1.9 42

Texas

12,455.6 2.2 1,204 11 3.1 16

Utah

1,501.4 3.0 978 32 3.1 16

Vermont

309.1 0.4 950 36 3.7 5

Virginia

3,896.9 1.2 1,186 14 2.1 41

Washington

3,371.1 1.8 1,368 7 4.9 1

West Virginia

687.1 0.3 896 45 3.2 12

Wisconsin

2,838.9 0.1 992 29 2.6 28

Wyoming

269.0 1.9 948 37 3.7 5

Puerto Rico

875.8 2.2 553 (3) -2.1 (3)

Virgin Islands

36.6 9.6 966 (3) -1.0 (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, September 09, 2019