Cities & States

East Baton Rouge Parish
Population: 444,690
Jefferson Parish
Population: 435,092
Orleans Parish
Population: 376,738
Caddo Parish
Population: 254,742
St. Tammany Parish
Population: 242,960
Lafayette Parish
Population: 231,811
Calcasieu Parish
Population: 195,887
Ouachita Parish
Population: 155,769
Livingston Parish
Population: 133,949
Rapides Parish
Population: 132,225


State of Louisiana Demographics

Located in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Southwest region, Louisiana’s economy has historically depended on natural resource extraction and processing, with an emphasis on oil and gas extraction and refining industries. While these industries continue as a significant share of the state’s economy, Louisiana is focused on attracting additional capacity for extraction and processing, new manufacturing plants, and professional and technical employers, thereby diversifying the labor market and adding high-wage and skilled workers. (Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission)

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by health care and social assistance; retail trade; accommodation and food services; and construction, respectively.

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Louisiana for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Louisiana had a challenging year when looking at the employment scorecard. The labor force and the labor force participation rate both decreased. The unemployment rate declined 0.9 percent to 5.2 percent. but in light of the shrinking labor force, this may be in part due to people simply choosing to stop looking for work. You can view what jobs are available in Louisiana, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

Louisiana Demographics

View more Louisiana demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Louisiana below. More employment information for the State of Louisiana and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

The largest employers in the state (as of June 2014) include the State of Louisiana, Louisiana State University System, Ochsner Health System, University of Louisiana System, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Willis Knighton Health System, Hilton-New Orleans Riverside, Lafayette Medical Center, Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, and Tulane University. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
2.17% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Louisiana

Directory of Counties in Louisiana

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