Labor Force

The civilian labor force in Ouachita Parish has grown 12.3 percent over the last decade. Currently there are 75,800 people in the Ouachita Parish labor force and double that amount in the surrounding region (150,890.)

In the last year, the non-agricultural employment in the parish has grown by 2,600 persons or 3.6 percent. This has resulted in a more skilled labor force from which businesses can draw employees.

Manufacturing employment has stayed in the 11 to 12 percent range over the last several years, after having seen a significant growth due to several major expansions and new start-ups. Current data has it at 13.8 percent, higher than the state's average of 9.8 percent.

The services and retail sectors continue to be the largest sectors, following both state and national trends.



Civilian Labor Force
Civilian
Labor Force
2000
Annual
1990
Annual
Percent
Growth
June
2001
Parish 72,000 64,100 12.3% 75,800
Region 144,800 128,350 12.8% 150,890
Louisiana 2,029,600 1,837,200 10.5% 2,090,800
Employment
Parish 68,900 60,300 14.3% 71,300
Region 136,610 119,780 14.1% 140,350
Louisiana 1,917,100 1,720,600 11.4% 1,961,900
Unemployment
Parish 4.3% 5.9% 5.9%
Region 5.7% 6.7% 7.5%
Louisiana 5.5% 6.3% 6.2%

Average Employment by Major Industry Division
Division Parish Region Louisiana
Agriculture 0.6% 1.7% 1.0%
Mining 0.3% 0.2% 2.6%
Construction 5.8% 5.9% 7.3%
Manufacturing 11.5% 13.8% 9.8%
Transp./Utility 6.4% 6.6% 7.2%
Wholesale Trade 5.2% 4.3% 5.2%
Retail Trade 19.3% 18.4% 19.2%
Fire 7.4% 6.0% 4.6%
Services 39.2% 37.7% 37.5%
Public Admin. 4.4% 5.4% 5.5%

Ouachita Parish Investment, 1995 - 2000


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