Louisiana Q4, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 136,400 employers, up 2.0% from 133,791
  • 1,932,707 employees, down 0.5% from 1,923,212
  • $993 average weekly wage, up 2.5% from $969
  • The average weekly wage is 16.2% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 6.1% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 2,609, which is an increase of 2.0%. The number of employees in Louisiana declined by 9,495, a decline of 0.5%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $24, an increase of 2.5%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 2,512 or 2.0%. Growth in private businesses in Louisiana grew slower than the national average of 2.5%. The number of employees in these businesses decreased since last years' Q1, declining by 10,873 or 0.7%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Louisiana was slower than the national average of 1.2%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $25 or 2.5%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Louisiana grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Retail trade with 13.1% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 1.1%. Professional services (12.4%), which increased by 3.7% and Healthcare (10.9%), which increased by 3.9%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Arts and entertainment1035.6%
Information804.6%
Educational services664.5%
Healthcare5633.9%
Professional services6133.7%
Accommodation and food services3803.5%
Company management262.1%
Construction1931.8%
Utilities81.6%
Transport and warehousing711.6%
Waste services1011.4%
Mining and oil extraction221.3%
Real estate and rental701.3%
Retail trade1891.1%
Manufacturing190.4%
Other services380.4%
Wholesale trade60.1%
Finance and insurance-14-0.2%
Agriculture and forestry-14-0.9%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 14.2% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.4% in the last year. Retail trade (11.7%), decreased by 1.7% and Accommodation and food services (10.7%), decreased by 0.2%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Educational services9132.8%
Transport and warehousing1,8932.6%
Real estate and rental7132.3%
Healthcare3,7341.4%
Professional services8971.0%
Manufacturing9980.7%
Arts and entertainment1080.4%
Waste services2400.2%
Other services120.0%
Accommodation and food services-499-0.2%
Mining and oil extraction-245-0.7%
Wholesale trade-510-0.7%
Company management-172-0.7%
Utilities-77-0.9%
Finance and insurance-706-1.3%
Information-368-1.7%
Retail trade-3,976-1.7%
Agriculture and forestry-201-2.1%
Construction-13,617-8.9%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Mining and oil extraction paying $1,911per week compared with the state average of $1,006. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $67 or 3.6%. Utilities ($1,613), rose by $13 or 0.8% and Professional services ($1,613) increased by $40 or 2.5% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Arts and entertainment$8710.3%
Educational services$556.6%
Healthcare$394.4%
Mining and oil extraction$673.6%
Waste services$273.5%
Other services$263.4%
Transport and warehousing$353.1%
Finance and insurance$423.0%
Retail trade$142.5%
Professional services$402.5%
Manufacturing$352.4%
Construction$292.2%
Wholesale trade$282.1%
Information$191.7%
Accommodation and food services$51.3%
Real estate and rental$101.0%
Utilities$130.8%
Agriculture and forestry$-7-0.7%
Company management$-92-5.6%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Louisiana. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.2% of the businesses in the state (with 8,437 employing 155,191 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 263 more businesses, an increase of 3.2% in the last year. Offices of physicians (2.7% of businesses) added 84 businesses, an increase of 2.3% and Offices of lawyers (2.7% of businesses) added 14 businesses, an increase of 0.4% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Hay farming2200.0%
Trusts estates and agency accounts2771.1%
Coffee and tea manufacturing956.2%
Other performing arts companies555.6%
Photofinishing250.0%
Other specialized design services1346.4%
Amusement and theme parks342.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places2633.2%
Services for the elderly and disabled21412.4%
Computer systems design and related services1718.4%
All other professional and technical services12215.9%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores943.7%
Offices of physicians842.3%
All other specialty trade contractors688.9%


Employees by Industry

Offices of physicians (2.7% of employees) added 84 employees, an increase of 2.3% and Offices of lawyers (2.7% ofemployees) added 14 employees, an increase of 0.4% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts106129.5%
Other performing arts companies29113.5%
Amusement and theme parks11799.2%
Metal can box and other container mfg.4393.4%
Political organizations3079.0%
All other wood product manufacturing26478.7%
Port and harbor operations51177.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
General medical and surgical hospitals1,5292.4%
Petrochemical manufacturing1,43434.2%
Other outpatient care centers81812.2%
Other machinery rental and leasing67022.7%
Elementary and secondary schools6654.7%
Navigational services to shipping59711.2%
Office administrative services5966.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Other financial vehicles, paying $10,900 compared with the state average of $1,006. Employees in the Other financial vehicles industry were paid $810 more per week, an increase of 8.0% in the last year. Spectator sports ($6,689) and Health and welfare funds ($6,590) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Spectator sports ($6,689 per week) were paid $2,103 more per week, an increase of 45.9% and Health and welfare funds ($6,590 per week) were paid $1,515 more per week, an increase of 29.9% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other petroleum and coal products mfg.$2,985219.8%
All other schools and instruction$23661.5%
Industrial design services$58055.3%
Building inspection services$54250.0%
Political organizations$30948.7%
Spectator sports$2,10345.9%
Other nondurable goods merchant wholesalers$41345.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other petroleum and coal products mfg.$2,985219.8%
Spectator sports$2,10345.9%
Health and welfare funds$1,51529.9%
Independent artists writers and performers$1,18023.4%
Other financial vehicles$8108.0%
Book publishers$76643.5%
Other electrical equipment and component mfg.$63834.0%


Company Size

Louisiana Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Louisiana by far. 58.1% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 123,149 small businesses in the state represent 95.5% of all private businesses. The national average is 91.2%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Louisiana added 3,994 businesses in the last year, an increase of 3.2% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 3,971 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.3% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 29 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.5% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses declined 6 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 3.2% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Louisiana Employees by Business Size

Louisiana added 27,753 employees in the last year, an increase of 1.8% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 16,840 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 15.8% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 18,135 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 3.0% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses lost 7,222 employees in the last year, which is a decrease of 3.4% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Louisiana Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Louisiana workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Louisiana (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 8.4% less than the national average ($927 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Louisiana (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 47.5% workers below the national average ($1,297 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $86 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.7% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $88 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.9% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses lost $118 of weekly wages in the last year, which is a decrease of 4.2% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Restaurants and other eating places8,4373.2%
Offices of physicians3,7482.3%
Offices of lawyers3,6220.4%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores2,6153.7%
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,610-1.5%
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,2691.3%
Computer systems design and related services2,2098.4%
Private households2,056-3.8%
Services for the elderly and disabled1,93712.4%
Residential building construction1,7931.1%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places155,1910.1%
General medical and surgical hospitals65,1532.4%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters43,365-2.1%
Offices of physicians41,6430.4%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores32,172-0.1%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing27,0401.3%
Support activities for mining26,829-1.5%
Temporary help services26,435-2.0%
Services for the elderly and disabled25,3661.6%
Management of companies and enterprises22,420-0.7%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Other financial vehicles$10,9008.0%
Spectator sports$6,68945.9%
Health and welfare funds$6,59029.9%
Independent artists writers and performers$6,22723.4%
Investment banking and securities dealing$5,09810.5%
Other petroleum and coal products mfg.$4,343219.8%
Securities brokerage$3,3611.7%
Crude petroleum extraction$2,9042.1%
Fishing$2,799-6.3%
Petroleum refineries$2,6204.3%




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