Discover Louisiana's Rankings

A five-star workforce training program, bold economic growth and an impressive business climate put Louisiana at the top in nationwide rankings.


LED FastStart #1 FOUR years running

Business Facilities magazine named LED FastStart® the nation’s best state workforce training program – four years in a row. Called the “gold standard for workforce training solutions,” LED FastStart creates customized recruitment, screening and training solutions for eligible companies, all at no cost.


Louisiana is No. 1 for digital media performance 

Receiving a No. 1 rank in 2012 for digital media performance by Business Facilities magazine, Louisiana continues to thrive as a hotspot for digital opportunity. The ranking is further validated by the recent surge in business investment from digital companies like Gameloft, GE Capital and Electronic Arts – proof Louisiana is code for success.


Tops for economic growth

Outperforming the South and the nation as an emerging economic development leader, Louisiana lands a No. 2 ranking in 2013 for economic growth potential by Business Facilities magazine. It’s yet another sign of Louisiana’s emergence as the most rapidly improving business climate in the country. Read More

Louisiana's business climate is No. 4

Continuing its impressive economic rise, Louisiana placed No. 4 in Business Facilities magazine’s Best Business Climate rankings in 2013 – up from its previous ranking of No. 5 in 2012. Today, Louisiana now ranks higher in every national business-climate ranking than it ever did prior to 2008. Read More


Louisiana is No. 1 Exporter

In 2013, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Louisiana the No. 1 export state in the nation along with a No. 2 rank in export growth and third for income growth per capita. Driven by its national leadership in exports, a strong energy sector and investment in creating a diverse economic base, Louisiana is quickly becoming a national leader for international trade and growing business.


No. 2 for Tax Competitiveness

In 2012, the Tax Foundation ranked Louisiana second in the U.S. for lowest tax burdens faced by new firms and 10th for mature firms. This low cost of doing business coupled with the state's low cost of living make Louisiana a magnet of economic opportunity. Read More


4th in growth rate of women-owned businesses

The number of women-owned businesses in Louisiana increased by 84 percent from 1997 to 2013, according to the American Express OPEN "State of Women-owned Business" report. Louisiana is now home to 129,800 women-owned businesses, ranking it fourth in the nation for growth.

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Most improved state for business CLIMATE

In an analysis of top pro-business states for 2013, Pollina Corporate Real Estate ranks Louisiana’s business climate No. 14 – the highest placement for the state in the 10-year history of the ranking. Since 2008, Louisiana has climbed 26 spots in the Pollina ranking, making it the most improved state in the nation over the past five years. Read More


Louisiana named State of the Year

In 2013, for the fourth time in five years, Southern Business & Development magazine recognized Louisiana as a "State of the Year" in the South, thanks to significant growth in national rankings and economic progress. Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles and Ascension Parish also received individual honors. Read More


Lafayette named best for jobs

Lafayette grabbed the No. 1 spot among mid-sized cities in Forbes' 2012 Best Cities for Jobs rankings, based on recent, mid-term and long-term growth momentum.


No. 3 for independent filmmaking

Nicknamed "Hollywood South," New Orleans was named the third best city in the nation for independent filmmaking in 2011 by MovieMaker magazine.

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1st in ethics

Louisiana rocketed to No. 1 for its financial disclosure laws – the most improved state in the nation - according to The Center for Public Integrity. Government ethics reforms made by Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Legislature continue to gain positive national attention for the state.


Top 10 for Business Climate

In three national business climate rankings – Area Development, Business Facilities and Site Selection – Louisiana now ranks among the Top 10 states in the U.S.

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