Patchwork of Paychecks: Louisiana

There are not enough jobs to go around in Louisiana. There are 135,000 job seekers, but only about 75,000 total job openings. Of those, only 49 percent pay a living wage for a single adult and only 14 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet. This means there are four job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult and 13 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult with two children.

Additionally, women and people of color in Louisiana are more likely to work part-time than are workers overall. While 23 percent of all workers reported working part-time, 29 percent of black workers and 36 percent of female workers reported working fewer than 40 hours per week.

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