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Wednesday, June 26, 2013


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Occupational Employment and Wages in Shreveport-Bossier City, May 2012

Workers in the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $18.10 in May 2012, about 18 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were significantly lower than their respective national averages in 17 of the 22 major occupational groups, including computer and mathematical; legal; and business and financial operations.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, local employment was more highly concentrated in 9 of the 22 occupational groups, including healthcare practitioners and technical; construction and extraction; and installation, maintenance, and repair. Conversely, ten groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including business and financial operations; computer and mathematical; and production. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2012
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Shreveport-
Bossier City
United States Shreveport-
Bossier City

Total, all occupations

100.0% 100.0% $22.01 $18.10 * -18


4.9 3.8 * 52.20 42.97 * -18

Business and financial operations

4.9 2.9 * 33.44 27.89 * -17

Computer and mathematical

2.7 0.8 * 38.55 28.91 * -25

Architecture and engineering

1.8 0.8 * 37.98 31.32 * -18

Life, physical, and social science

0.8 0.5 * 32.87 28.42 * -14

Community and social service

1.4 1.5 21.27 20.88 -2


0.8 0.6 * 47.39 35.85 * -24

Education, training, and library

6.4 5.9 * 24.62 21.09 * -14

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.3 0.8 * 26.20 21.06 * -20

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 7.7 * 35.35 30.32 * -14

Healthcare support

3.0 3.4 * 13.36 11.19 * -16

Protective service

2.5 3.2 * 20.70 19.97 -4

Food preparation and serving related

8.9 9.5 * 10.28 9.33 * -9

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.3 4.2 * 12.34 10.15 * -18

Personal care and service

2.9 4.0 * 11.80 11.33 -4

Sales and related

10.6 11.5 * 18.26 15.01 * -18

Office and administrative support

16.4 16.3 16.54 14.43 * -13

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 0.1 * 11.65 16.43 * 41

Construction and extraction

3.8 5.5 * 21.61 18.61 * -14

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 5.0 * 21.09 19.28 * -9


6.6 5.0 * 16.59 17.61 6

Transportation and material moving

6.7 7.0 16.15 14.41 * -11

* The percent share of employment or mean hourly wage for this area is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level. (1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in Shreveport-Bossier City is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.

One occupational group–construction and extraction–was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Shreveport had 9,570 jobs in construction and extraction, accounting for 5.5 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 3.8-percent share nationally. However, at $18.61 per hour, the local average hourly wage for this occupational group was measurably below the national average of $21.61.

With employment of 1,270, construction laborers was the largest occupation within the construction and extraction group, followed by carpenters (970) and electricians (850). Among the higher paying jobs were first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers, as well as electricians, with mean hourly wages of $29.98 and $23.32, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were construction laborers ($12.40) and oil and gas roustabouts ($12.76). (Detailed occupational data for construction and extraction are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations go to

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Shreveport metropolitan area, above average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the construction and extraction group. For instance, oil, gas, and mining service unit operators were employed at 8.2 times the national rate in Shreveport, and, oil and gas roustabouts at 8.3 times the U.S. average. On the other hand, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters had a location quotient of 0.9 in Shreveport, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

With the release of the May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. The OES survey provides estimates of employment and hourly and annual wages for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and more than 800 detailed occupations for the nation, states, metropolitan statistical areas, metropolitan divisions, and nonmetropolitan areas. In addition, employment and wage estimates for 94 minor groups and 458 broad occupations are available in the national data for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available on the BLS website at

The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available on the BLS website at

OES wage and employment data for the 22 major occupational groups in the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area were compared to their respective national averages based on statistical significance testing. Only those occupations with wages or employment shares above or below the national wage or share after testing for significance at the 90-percent confidence level meet the criteria.

NOTE: A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual mail survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also surveyed, but their data are not included in the national estimates. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.2 million establishments. Forms are mailed to approximately 200,000 sampled establishments in May and November each year for a 3-year period. May 2012 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected in May 2012, November 2011, May 2011, November 2010, May 2010, and November 2009. The overall national response rate for the six panels is 76.6 percent based on establishments and 72.9 percent based on employment. The sample in the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area included 2,068 establishments with a response rate of 73 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to

Area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Bossier, Caddo, and De Soto Parishes in Louisiana.

Additional information

OES data are available on our regional web page at Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at Detailed technical information about the OES survey is available in our Survey Methods and Reliability Statement on the
BLS website at Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request – Voice phone: 202-691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339.

Table 1. Employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation,
Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2012
Occupation(1) Employment Mean wages
Level(2) Location
Hourly Annual(4)

Construction and Extraction Occupations

9,570 1.4 $18.61 $38,710

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

810 1.3 29.98 62,360


970 1.3 16.98 35,310

Cement masons and concrete finishers

(5) (5) 16.43 34,180

Construction laborers

1,270 1.2 12.40 25,790

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

730 1.6 18.33 38,130

Drywall and ceiling tile installers

110 1.1 14.44 30,020


850 1.2 23.32 48,500

Painters, construction and maintenance

230 0.9 16.14 33,570


220 3.7 18.04 37,530

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

430 0.9 22.44 46,670


70 0.5 13.20 27,450

Sheet metal workers

190 1.1 19.44 40,440

Structural iron and steel workers

(5) (5) 18.27 38,000


170 3.5 9.64 20,060


190 2.4 13.18 27,400

Helpers-pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

140 2.3 12.24 25,450


30 2.1 10.50 21,850

Construction and building inspectors

70 0.6 21.52 44,770

Hazardous materials removal workers

80 1.6 11.94 24,840

Highway maintenance workers

120 0.6 15.79 32,840

Construction and related workers, all other

70 1.6 13.50 28,080

Derrick operators, oil and gas

130 4.6 23.11 48,060

Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

270 8.2 26.71 55,550

Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

630 8.2 20.87 43,410

Earth drillers, except oil and gas

(5) (5) 27.50 57,190

Roustabouts, oil and gas

660 8.3 12.76 26,530

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Shreveport-Bossier City MSA, see
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a 'year-round, full-time' hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.
(5) Estimate not available.

Last Modified Date: June 26, 2013