Louisiana Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 135,041 employers, up 2.8% from 131,344
  • 1,928,967 employees, up 0.1% from 1,926,942
  • $923 average weekly wage, up 2.4% from $901
  • The average weekly wage is 15.7% 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 3,697, which is an increase of 2.8%. The number of employees in Louisiana increased by 2,025, an increase of 0.1%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $22, an increase of 2.4%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 3,644 or 2.9%. Growth in private businesses in Louisiana grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 1,523 or 0.1%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Louisiana was slower than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $24 or 2.7%. 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 13.3% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 1.9%. Professional services (12.3%), which increased by 4.7% and Healthcare (10.8%), which increased by 4.3%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Arts and entertainment1397.9%
Information975.7%
Professional services7474.7%
Educational services654.6%
Mining and oil extraction744.6%
Accommodation and food services4644.4%
Healthcare6054.3%
Company management413.4%
Transport and warehousing1283.0%
Real estate and rental1482.7%
Other services2352.6%
Waste services1692.3%
Construction2352.2%
Utilities102.0%
Retail trade3321.9%
Agriculture and forestry261.8%
Manufacturing591.3%
Wholesale trade680.8%
Finance and insurance40.0%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 14.1% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 1.4% in the last year. Retail trade (11.5%), decreased by 1.9% and Accommodation and food services (10.9%), increased by 0.5%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Educational services1,4704.8%
Transport and warehousing3,3934.7%
Professional services2,3822.7%
Mining and oil extraction8722.6%
Real estate and rental6042.0%
Manufacturing2,6882.0%
Healthcare3,7231.4%
Arts and entertainment3221.1%
Waste services8040.8%
Other services2670.6%
Accommodation and food services1,1050.5%
Utilities-31-0.3%
Wholesale trade-473-0.7%
Company management-158-0.7%
Agriculture and forestry-82-0.9%
Finance and insurance-899-1.6%
Retail trade-4,226-1.9%
Information-554-2.3%
Construction-9,707-6.3%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Mining and oil extraction paying $1,817per week compared with the state average of $927. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $84 or 4.8%. Utilities ($1,657), rose by $72 or 4.5% and Company management ($1,462) declined by $21 or 1.4% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Wholesale trade$635.2%
Mining and oil extraction$844.8%
Utilities$724.5%
Healthcare$323.8%
Waste services$273.7%
Real estate and rental$333.6%
Manufacturing$433.1%
Other services$192.7%
Finance and insurance$292.4%
Professional services$282.2%
Retail trade$112.0%
Accommodation and food services$61.6%
Arts and entertainment$81.2%
Construction$141.2%
Transport and warehousing$121.1%
Information$60.5%
Agriculture and forestry$40.5%
Educational services$30.4%
Company management$-21-1.4%


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 8,327 employing 159,888 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 347 more businesses, an increase of 4.3% in the last year. Offices of physicians (2.7% of businesses) added 43 businesses, an increase of 1.2% and Offices of lawyers (2.7% of businesses) added 9 businesses, an increase of 0.3% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
All other information services2762.8%
Emergency and other relief services1356.5%
Nature parks and other similar institutions150.0%
Agents and managers for public figures1346.4%
Coffee and tea manufacturing743.8%
Power boiler and heat exchanger manufacturing342.9%
Trusts estates and agency accounts1442.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places3474.3%
Services for the elderly and disabled23915.2%
Computer systems design and related services1738.9%
All other professional and technical services15523.1%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores994.0%
Management consulting services986.4%
Other technical consulting services867.7%


Employees by Industry

Offices of physicians (2.7% of employees) added 43 employees, an increase of 1.2% and Offices of lawyers (2.7% ofemployees) added 9 employees, an increase of 0.3% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Flavoring syrup and concentrate manufacturing108249.0%
Accessories and other apparel manufacturing33125.9%
Metal can box and other container mfg.42105.8%
Other farm product raw material merch. whls.9103.7%
Emergency and other relief services5687.1%
Port and harbor operations54785.4%
Mobile food services10073.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Other heavy construction1,62410.2%
Local messengers and local delivery1,48865.2%
Restaurants and other eating places1,4550.9%
Petrochemical manufacturing1,38133.0%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,2261.9%
Services for the elderly and disabled9163.8%
Office administrative services8859.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Spectator sports, paying $5,481 compared with the state average of $927. Employees in the Spectator sports industry were paid $1,239 more per week, an increase of 29.2% in the last year. Pension funds ($4,342) and Other financial vehicles ($4,186) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Pension funds ($4,342 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% and Other financial vehicles ($4,186 per week) were paid $692 more per week, an increase of 19.8% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Sporting goods merchant wholesalers$96278.9%
Political organizations$32763.9%
Industrial design services$51156.2%
Forest nursery and gathering forest products$56045.8%
Media buying agencies$45540.0%
Accessories and other apparel manufacturing$25238.7%
Nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing$20135.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Spectator sports$1,23929.2%
Sporting goods merchant wholesalers$96278.9%
Other financial vehicles$69219.8%
Forest nursery and gathering forest products$56045.8%
Industrial design services$51156.2%
Credit bureaus$49526.9%
Media buying agencies$45540.0%


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 92.4%. (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 places8,3274.3%
Offices of physicians3,6791.2%
Offices of lawyers3,5810.3%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores2,5824.0%
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,574-0.8%
Accounting and bookkeeping services2,2551.9%
Computer systems design and related services2,1138.9%
Private households2,0970.7%
Services for the elderly and disabled1,81415.2%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers1,780-7.1%


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 places159,8880.9%
General medical and surgical hospitals63,6971.9%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters42,215-3.2%
Offices of physicians41,0260.5%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores31,719-0.5%
Support activities for mining27,5183.2%
Nursing care facilities skilled nursing26,7660.3%
Temporary help services25,471-3.2%
Services for the elderly and disabled25,2653.8%
Hotels and motels except casino hotels22,986-1.8%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Spectator sports$5,48129.2%
Pension funds$4,3420.0%
Other financial vehicles$4,18619.8%
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,4890.4%
Securities brokerage$2,764-10.8%
Crude petroleum extraction$2,7553.5%
Petroleum refineries$2,6319.0%
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,3779.4%
Petrochemical manufacturing$2,3474.8%
Credit bureaus$2,33226.9%




Data Sources




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