Louisiana Employment Statistics

  • 132,489 employers
  • 1,920,731 employees
  • $925 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 16.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 6.4% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Louisiana Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 7,335 more businesses
  • 71,428 more employees
  • 3.9% increase in total wages
  • $7,518 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 18.5% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Louisiana Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: East Baton Rouge Parish Louisiana, 15,172
County with the Most Employees: East Baton Rouge Parish Louisiana, 219,994
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Cameron Parish Louisiana, $1,607
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: West Carroll Parish Louisiana, 11.6%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Louisiana, see: Louisiana Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Louisiana see:Louisiana Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 2,005,510 employed workers
  • 90,271 unemployed workers
  • 4.3% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Louisiana, see: Louisiana Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 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

Quarterly employment statistics for Louisiana, see: Louisiana Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.