Louisiana Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 134,758 employers, up 3.1% from 130,725
  • 1,913,853 employees, up 0.5% from 1,904,263
  • $954 average weekly wage, up 2.6% from $930
  • The average weekly wage is 19.4% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 6.4% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 4,033, which is an increase of 3.1%. The number of employees in Louisiana increased by 9,590, an increase of 0.5%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $24, an increase of 2.6%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 3,994 or 3.2%. Growth in private businesses in Louisiana grew faster than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 9,251 or 0.6%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Louisiana was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $26 or 2.8%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Louisiana grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


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 1.3%. Professional services (12.2%), which increased by 5.2% and Healthcare (10.7%), which increased by 4.4%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Arts and entertainment1377.9%
Information995.9%
Professional services8125.2%
Company management584.9%
Accommodation and food services4934.7%
Healthcare6064.4%
Mining and oil extraction694.3%
Educational services543.8%
Real estate and rental1933.6%
Transport and warehousing1503.5%
Utilities173.5%
Waste services2062.8%
Other services2502.7%
Agriculture and forestry312.2%
Construction2422.2%
Finance and insurance1501.8%
Wholesale trade1361.7%
Manufacturing661.5%
Retail trade2251.3%


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 1.3% in the last year. Retail trade (11.6%), decreased by 1.9% and Accommodation and food services (10.8%), increased by 0.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing4,1745.9%
Mining and oil extraction1,1863.5%
Arts and entertainment7742.8%
Professional services2,1682.5%
Manufacturing3,0562.3%
Real estate and rental4561.5%
Healthcare3,4581.3%
Other services5681.3%
Company management1610.7%
Educational services1750.6%
Accommodation and food services1,1260.6%
Agriculture and forestry260.3%
Waste services-163-0.2%
Wholesale trade-269-0.4%
Construction-1,144-0.7%
Utilities-132-1.5%
Retail trade-4,285-1.9%
Finance and insurance-1,089-2.0%
Information-1,005-4.2%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Utilities paying $2,182per week compared with the state average of $965. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $45 or 2.1%. Mining and oil extraction ($2,113), rose by $105 or 5.2% and Company management ($1,917) increased by $62 or 3.3% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Agriculture and forestry$527.1%
Information$645.5%
Mining and oil extraction$1055.2%
Wholesale trade$493.8%
Waste services$273.7%
Real estate and rental$333.5%
Educational services$263.3%
Company management$623.3%
Other services$233.2%
Construction$342.8%
Healthcare$222.8%
Professional services$292.3%
Retail trade$122.2%
Accommodation and food services$82.2%
Utilities$452.1%
Transport and warehousing$181.6%
Manufacturing$221.4%
Finance and insurance$-6-0.4%
Arts and entertainment$-27-3.9%


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 6.1% of the businesses in the state (with 8,265 employing 155,203 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 343 more businesses, an increase of 4.3% in the last year. Offices of physicians (2.7% of businesses) added 60 businesses, an increase of 1.7% and Offices of lawyers (2.7% of businesses) added 27 businesses, an increase of 0.8% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Trusts estates and agency accounts28121.7%
All other information services2769.2%
Emergency and other relief services1565.2%
Nature parks and other similar institutions150.0%
Scenic and sightseeing transportation other150.0%
All other animal production342.9%
Dance companies337.5%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places3434.3%
Services for the elderly and disabled25616.7%
Computer systems design and related services1849.7%
All other professional and technical services16025.0%
Management consulting services1248.3%
Gasoline stations with convenience stores1104.5%
Other technical consulting services11010.1%


Employees by Industry

Offices of physicians (2.7% of employees) added 60 employees, an increase of 1.7% and Offices of lawyers (2.7% ofemployees) added 27 employees, an increase of 0.8% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Cutlery and handtool manufacturing24328.6%
Flavoring syrup and concentrate manufacturing108240.2%
Mobile food services112137.1%
Emergency and other relief services89127.0%
Metal can box and other container mfg.46120.6%
Accessories and other apparel manufacturing2597.8%
Painting and wall covering contractors1,58179.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
All other specialty trade contractors3,23623.8%
Painting and wall covering contractors1,58179.8%
General medical and surgical hospitals1,5612.5%
Local messengers and local delivery1,48670.9%
Petrochemical manufacturing1,45235.0%
Support activities for mining1,3315.1%
Services for the elderly and disabled1,2255.1%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Offices of physicians ($3) and Offices of lawyers ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Offices of physicians ($3 per week) were paid $60 more per week, an increase of 1.7% and Offices of lawyers ($3 per week) were paid $27 more per week, an increase of 0.8% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Chicken egg production$51776.6%
Political organizations$39971.4%
Health and welfare funds$52244.0%
Outdoor advertising$73041.9%
Fishing$35640.6%
Adhesive manufacturing$47739.8%
Other farm product raw material merch. whls.$30838.1%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Outdoor advertising$73041.9%
Credit bureaus$64733.2%
Other financial vehicles$60714.7%
Spectator sports$53617.6%
Health and welfare funds$52244.0%
Chicken egg production$51776.6%
Adhesive manufacturing$47739.8%


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 92.9%. (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%.



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.