Employment increased in four of Louisiana’s seven largest parishes—including East Baton Rouge Parish—from March 2017 to March 2018, according to a report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
East Baton Rouge saw a 0.4% employment hike over that period, reaching 267,800 jobs in March 2018—the highest count among the state’s seven largest parishes, according to the report. Orleans Parish followed with 194,000 jobs.
Calcasieu Parish, however, saw the largest uptick in employment in Louisiana, with a 5% increase—ranking the parish fifth among the largest U.S. counties.
Nationwide employment figures rose 1.6% in that time, with Midland, Texas, seeing the highest increase as jobs rose 12.6%. Louisiana as a whole saw a 0.5% uptick in jobs—more than a full percentage point below the national average—between March 2017 and March 2018.
Average weekly wages, meanwhile, rose in each of Louisiana’s seven largest parishes, with Calcasieu seeing the highest wage increase of 4.1%. Orleans Parish, though, recorded the highest average wage among the seven parishes at $1,059 per week.
East Baton Rouge wages rose 2.4% from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018 to $1,024 per week. For comparison, average weekly wages nationwide increased 3.7% over that time to $1,152 per week.