Workforce

A qualified, skilled and motivated team of employees is the most sought after resource for businesses. And it can be the leading factor contributing to a company’s success. The Northeast Parishes continue to set the standard in many of the employment fields in the state of Louisiana. With an educated and highly skilled work force, we are prepared to take on any of the challenges that may face our region. From medical to industrial technologies and all fields in between, we have a work force that can contribute to your business success.

Civilian Labor Force Market Data

Preliminary – July 2009
Parish Civilian Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
Caldwell 4,982 4,422 560 11.2
Concordia (Natchez, MS-LA)* 8,143 6,994 1,149 14.1
East Carroll 3,228 2,783 445 13.8
Franklin 8,387 7,372 1,015 12.1
Madison (Tallulah) * 4,944 4,434 510 10.3
Morehouse (Bastrop)* 12,892 10,587 2,305 17.9
Richland 9,307 8,221 1,086 11.7
Tensas 2,329 1,975 354 15.2
West Carroll 4,789 3,910 879 18.4
Monroe MSA** 82,742 75,176 7,566 9.1
Ouachita 71,755 65,817 5,938 8.3
Union 10,987 9,359 1,628 14.8
Total 224,485 201,050 23,435 13.1
State of Louisiana 2,105,837 1,941,024 164,813 7.8
*Micropolitan Statistical Area (MCs)
** Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSAs)
Source: www.lawork.net

Regional Market Data

Employment and Total wages paid by employers subject to the Louisiana Security Law, 4th Quarter 2008
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 1,753 19,615 16.8% $140,257,808
Mining & Construction 787 6,573 5.6% $67,524,718
Healthcare & Social Assistance 1,053 22,822 19.5% $187,600,368
Manufacturing 280 10,095 8.6% $114,712,397
Accommodation & Food Services 493 8,613 7.4% $26,440,925
Finance & Insurance 639 4,863 4.2% $49,004,463
Other 3,765 44,243 37.9% $377,336,517
Total 8,770 116,824 100.0% $962,877,196
Note: Due to unclassified and non-publishable data, major divisions may not total to parish or RLMA.

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Caldwell Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 44 381 16.8% $2,015,811
Mining & Construction 25 200 8.8% $2,011,792
Healthcare & Social Assistance 27 675 29.8% $5,507,724
Manufacturing 10 62 2.7% $388,119
Accommodation & Food Services 9 122 5.4% $339,485
Professional & Technical Services 26 61 2.7% $585,395
Finance & Insurance 10 122 5.4% $1,286,708
Other 109 1,010 28.4% $7,495,551
Total 260 2,633 100.0% $19,630,585

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Concordia Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 106 1,122 19.4% $8,569,719
Mining & Construction 38 620 10.7% $7,820,961
Healthcare & Social Assistance 51 822 14.2% $6,393,757
Manufacturing 10 58 1.0% $676,625
Accommodation & Food Services 25 390 6.7% $1,072,978
Professional & Technical Services 27 127 2.2% $1,183,219
Finance & Insurance 25 131 2.3% $1,234,191
Other 179 2,515 43.5% $18,260,000
Total 461 5,785 100.0% $45,211,450

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of East Carroll Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 36 374 17.6% $3,510,550
Mining & Construction 8 52 2.5% $363,410
Healthcare & Social Assistance 19 399 18.8% $2,456,115
Manufacturing 7 90 4.2% $676,019
Accommodation & Food Services 9 59 2.9% $136,332
Professional & Technical Services 6 9 0.1% $96,188
Finance & Insurance 11 58 2.8% $530,636
Other 117 1,088 51.1% $7,245,974
Total 213 2,129 100.0% $15,015,224

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Franklin Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 106 1,089 19.8% $6,276,134
Mining & Construction 39 367 6.7% $3,355,785
Healthcare & Social Assistance 48 1,209 21.9% $7,896,662
Manufacturing 14 346 6.3% $1,423,178
Accommodation & Food Services 23 283 5.1% $775,642
Professional & Technical Services 30 66 1.2% $832,187
Finance & Insurance 30 168 3.1% $1,608,898
Other 170 1,974 35.9% $14,246,067
Total 461 5,502 100.0% $36,414,553

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Madison Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 52 529 14.9% $3,060,745
Mining & Construction 15 127 3.6% $1,318,618
Healthcare & Social Assistance 44 906 25.5% $5,971,936
Manufacturing 9 240 6.8% $2,204,975
Accommodation & Food Services 23 272 7.7% $871,954
Finance & Insurance 18 82 2.3% $771,877
Other 145 1,392 39.2% $10,246,756
Total 306 3,548 100.0% $24,446,861

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Morehouse Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 119 1,263 17.0% $15,365,039
Mining & Construction 42 300 4.0% $2,244,605
Healthcare & Social Assistance 84 1,819 24.4% $11,751,415
Manufacturing 22 799 10.8% $12,008,616
Accommodation & Food Services 30 448 6.0% $1,348,071
Finance & Insurance 45 195 2.6% $1,728,805
Other 257 2,623 35.2% $14,585,766
Total 599 7,447 100.0% $59,032,317

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Ouachita Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 971 11,929 16.8% $88,822,042
Mining & Construction 567 3,812 5.3% $40,845,665
Healthcare & Social Assistance 608 13,131 18.5% $121,276,275
Manufacturing 157 5,972 8.4% $72,361,020
Accommodation & Food Services 297 6,086 8.6% $19,257,173
Finance & Insurance 403 3,603 5.1% $36,623,643
Other 1,795 26,541 37.3% $243,438,213
Total 4,798 71,074 100.0% $622,624,031

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Richland Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 98 1,058 16.9% $7,563,339
Mining & Construction 48 337 5.4% $3,361,440
Healthcare & Social Assistance 81 1,718 27.5% $11,016,569
Manufacturing 14 411 6.6% $3,881,918
Accommodation & Food Services 25 371 5.9% $1,152,115
Finance & Insurance 32 167 2.8% $1,693,058
Other 239 2,180 34.9% $17,092,703
Total 537 6,242 100.0% $45,761,142

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Tensas Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 32 181 13.5% $1,653,988
Mining & Construction 8 43 3.2% $291,921
Healthcare & Social Assistance 11 109 8.2% $722,386
Manufacturing 5 38 2.8% $338,850
Accommodation & Food Services 6 24 1.8% $76,644
Finance & Insurance 5 25 1.9% $474,683
Other 97 919 68.6% $7,854,849
Total 164 1,339 100.0% $11,413,321

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of Union Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 93 738 14.5% $4,041,291
Mining & Construction 61 323 6.3% $2,108,924
Healthcare & Social Assistance 37 786 15.4% $5,467,087
Manufacturing 15 0 0.0% $0
Accommodation & Food Services 19 255 5.0% $649,638
Finance & Insurance 23 119 2.3% $1,283,777
Other 188 2,886 56.5% $21,216,581
Total 436 5,107 100.0% $34,767,298

Employment and Total Wages, 4th Quarter 2008 (Major Industries of West Carroll Parish)
Industry Total Units Average # of Employees Percentage of Employees Total Wages (2008 4th Quarter)
Wholesale & Retail Trade 44 296 11.7% $1,986,565
Mining & Construction 17 139 5.5% $901,144
Healthcare & Social Assistance 16 571 22.6% $4,481,932
Manufacturing 6 0 0.0% $0
Accommodation & Food Services 9 100 4.0% $273,276
Finance & Insurance 15 70 2.8% $458,317
Other 128 1,347 53.4% $10,566,099
Total 235 2,523 100.0% $18,667,333

Franklin Farm Workforce Study

In December, 2007 NELEA completed a labor study in conjunction with Louisiana Economic Development to determine the availability of Northeast Louisiana’s ability to support the addition of a large number of jobs, such as would be created upon landing a major company on the Franklin Farm Mega Site. The study was independently done by AngelouEconomics of Austin, Texas, a credentialed independent firm specializing in data gathering and interpretation for economic development. This study determined that the area serving the Franklin Farm site can support up to 10,000 additional jobs. It further identified the driving pattern to serve industry and the population and workforce numbers. This valuable tool is a critical part of our ability to market Northeast Louisiana.

Labor Force Availability

  • Facility can anticipate 40 applications for every opening.
  • The Franklin Farm site provides a labor force of 640,000, within 90 minutes driving time.
  • While Richland Parish is a rural area, the parish draws labor from three metropolitan areas, Monroe, Shreveport and Jackson, MS, as well as the State of Arkansas.
  • The regional economy is strong and growing, supporting further population growth.

Drive Pattern for Franklin Farm

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Regional Demographics

  • The populaton for the region increased by over 50,000 people between 2000 – 2005 – an increase of 4%
  • Regional population is expected to increase by an additional 30,000 by 2010 – an increase of 3%
  • The age breakdown for the region is very close to that of the U.S.
  • The 25-44 age group, also known as the young professionals segment of the workforce, is responsible for the bulk of available, trainable new employees.
  • From 2000 to 2005, the percentage of residents with a high school diploma improved from 73.7% to 79.3%. The number of a bachelors degree increased from 17.6% to 20.4%.
  • The State has increased K-12 funding by $700 million.

Demographics 2005

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Population

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Age Breakdown

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