Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:23 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jun 28, 2013 5:52 PM
Acadiana families may have more money in their pockets than last year.
According to new figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage in Lafayette has risen nearly sixty cents since May 2011 up to nineteen dollars in May 2012.
The average wage for all occupations was 14 percent lower than the national average of twenty-two dollars.
For Lafayette workers, this means employees have a better chance of landing a high paying job.
Ryan Lagrange with the Lafayette Economic Development Authority says unemployment rates have gone down in Lafayette and when that happens, wages go up. Fields right now hiring the most employees are medical, oil and gas, and technology.
In Lafayette, wages for the major job groups ranged from $9.37 per hour in the food industry to nearly 50-dollars per hour in management.
"We have a diverse economy, we have the technology in the areas of health care and emerging technology in oil and gas, as well as the labor force that does the technician level occupations," said Lagrange.
Lafayette is 39 out of 372 metro areas across the country with the lowest unemployment rate. Lagrange predicts wages will continue to go up.