Welcome to our weekly blog series, “Criminal Data and Employment Background Check Information for Your Favorite State”! This week we are discussing Louisiana employment background check information, Louisiana crime data, and other general state information such as the Louisiana employment rate and median household income. Did you know that Louisiana is the only U.S. state that uses the term parishes to describe their local governments otherwise known as counties?
Louisiana Population and Age Distribution. Louisiana’s estimated population was 4.6 million. The median age was 36 years. 24% of the population was under the age of 18, and 13% was 65 years and over.
Median Household Income. The median income of households was $42,944. The total number of households was 1,719,473 with an average of 2.6 people.
Louisiana Employment and Unemployment Rate. 55.5% of the Louisiana population over the age of 15 were employed which ranks 37th in the nation. The Louisiana unemployment rate is 8.8% which was ranked 25th in the country.
Types of Employers. The types of employers in Louisiana were as follows: 110,374 (5.5%) were self-employed, 315,224 (15.7%) were employed by the federal, state, or local government and 1,573,418 (78.6%) were employed by the private sector.
Top Five Industries. The top five industries by percent in Louisiana were: Educational Services and Health Care (23.5%), Retail (11.5%), Accommodations/Food Service/Entertainment (10.5%), Professional/Administrative/Scientific (8.6%), and Construction (8.1%),
Occupations. Occupations for the population employed (over the age of 15) in Louisiana’s private sector were: Business, Science, and Arts (31.9%), Sales and Office (23.5%), Service (19.6%), Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance (12.7%), and Production, Transportation, and Material Moving (12.2%).
Louisiana Health Insurance Coverage. 83% of the civilian non-institutionalized population had health insurance coverage (17% had no coverage). Of those with coverage, 59% had private coverage and 35% had public coverage.
Disability. 15% of the civilian non-institutionalized population of Louisiana reported a disability. The Louisiana disability claim rate was ranked 7th in the country.
For a list of Louisiana counties, cities, towns, and county court houses, click here.
Louisiana Crime Data*
Total Violent Crimes. Louisiana had 22,868 total violent crimes (which ranked 18th in the nation) and with a violent crime rate 0.50% (which ranked it 8th among all the states including DC & PR). Of the total number of violent crimes, 495 were murders, 1,158 were forcible rapes, 5,475 were robberies, and 15,740 were aggravated assaults.
Property Crime. Louisiana had 162,936 total property crimes. Of the total number of property crimes, 42,140 were burglaries, 112,915 were larceny/thefts, and 7,881 were motor vehicle thefts.
Law Enforcement. Louisiana had the 2nd most law enforcement employees per population. Louisiana ranked 2nd in the nation for the most police officers per population.
For more Louisiana crime information, please see the Louisiana State Police Internet Background Check (IBC) website.
Louisiana Employment Background Check Products
InstantCriminalChecks.com offers two Louisiana employment background check products: an Louisiana county criminal background check and an Louisiana state criminal background check.
The Louisiana county criminal background check (Louisiana Parish) will return felony and misdemeanor convictions and deferred judgments from the District and Magistrate courts over the past seven years. The results are provided within one to three business days. The cost of this product is $24.95.
The Louisiana state criminal background check includes a Louisiana corrections background check, a sex offender record search of Louisiana as well as the entire country, and a search of the Most Wanted List. The corrections background check is limited to individuals in the custody of the Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) who have been considered for parole. The Louisiana state criminal background check is “instant” and results are received within seconds of placing an order. The price of this product is only $24.95. For the full description, please visit our Louisiana criminal background check webpage.
Other Louisiana employment background check products include an instant national criminal background check that searches 46 states and D.C. (this product is $59.95) and a 3-state criminal background check (this product is $39.90).
*Sources: U.S. Census Bureau and FBI. “About Louisiana” data is from 2011. “Louisiana Crime Data” data is from 2012.