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Louisiana is the 9th Best State for Business 2014

Having jumped 31 positions from 40th in 2010, Louisiana is the Cinderella state of Chief Executive’s ranking, proving that a concerted effort to transform old habits and policies can truly pay off. The state’s labor and economic development departments are currently preparing for a job boom in the hundreds of thousands.

Previous State: Nevada Next State: Georgia

No. 09 Louisiana

Taxations & Regulations

Workforce Quality

Living Environment

Key Metrics
State GDP 

  • % Growth ’12-’13: 1.3
  • % Growth ’11-’12 v. Nat’l Avg. (2.5%): -1


  • Unemployment Rate Dec. 2013 %: 5.7
  • Comparison with Nat’l Rate (6.70%): -1

Domestic Migration

  • Domestic Net Migration 2013: -2,492
  • Rank: 32

State Government

  • State Debt per Capita Fiscal Year ’13 ($): 4,345
  • State & Local Gov’t Employees per 10k Residents: 605.1

State-Local Tax Burden

  • Rate (%): 7.8%
  • Compared to Nat’l Avg. (9.9%): -2.11%
Key Companies
  • Shaw Group
  • CenturyLink
  • Albemarle
Development Trend Indicator: Positive
Its high-tech side emerges by landing major IBM site for Baton Rouge.
CEO Comments
“Louisiana has worked very diligently to change the business environment through lower taxation on the business community. They have worked with the education community to address workforce needs specific to the business demand and created programs to enhance specific areas of shortage.” 

“Louisiana has made significant progress in becoming more business friendly in the last four years. They have made a remarkable turnaround in the perception of the state in the U.S. business community.”

“Louisiana has been very supportive of our current and future business goals. The state has consistently supported the business’ aim of maintaining manufacturing in Southeast Louisiana. Louisiana Tax Incentives are generally the best that I have found.”

“Louisiana continues to improve on drawing big business to LA outside the usual spectrum of LA industry. Software, entertainment, manufacturing, aerospace and more. It’s all happening now. It opens the door for a wider range of clientele for my line of work.”

“Louisiana offers the most custom packages of any state. And Faststart is awesome. Quality K-12 education and having “right to work” is very important.”

Based on CEO Survey by

Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Tax Foundation


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