46. Louisiana

Business costs are low in the Pelican State, but low oil prices are hurting the economy and the already poor quality of life.

2015 Rank
2014 Rank
Workforce 199 36 26
Cost of Doing Business 236 10 3
Infrastructure 161 32 36
Economy 105 48 44
Quality of Life 82 45 47
Technology & Innovation 79 40 36
Education 72 42 (Tie) 44
Business Friendliness 58 31 39
Cost of Living 47 20 4
Access to Capital 23 28 47
Overall 1062 46 40

Economic Profile

Governor: Bobby Jindal, Republican

Population: 4,649,676

GDP growth: 1.9 percent

Unemployment rate (May 2015): 6.6 percent

Top corporate tax rate: 8 percent

Top individual income tax rate: 6 percent

Gasoline tax: 38 cents/gallon

Bond rating/outlook: Aa2/negative

Major private employer: Ochsner Health System

Economic profile sources: Federation of Tax Administrators, American Petroleum Institute, Moody's Investor Service, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana FY 2014 CAFR


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