Louisiana’s Metros and Cities Recognized Nationally

Along with the many top rankings the State of Louisiana has received in recent months (see Louisiana Earns Several Top Rankings in Recent Months), Louisiana’s metros and cities are being recognized nationally too.  Here’s highlights of the accolades from the last few months.

  • Job Markets in New Orleans & Baton Rouge Metros Expected to be among the Strongest in the Nation during the 4th Quarter
    –   Manpower Employment Outlook, September 2011
  • New Orleans, Alexandria & Houma among 12 Housing Markets Seeing the Biggest Turnarounds
    –   Realtor Magazine, September 2011
  • Top Deals & Hot Markets
    *  New Orleans:  Co-Major Market of the Year
    *  Baton Rouge:  Major Market Honorable Mention
    *  Lake Charles:  Mid-Market of the Year
    *  Monroe:  Small Market Honorable Mention
    *  St. James Parish:  Special Recognition
    *  Nucor Corp. steel mill:  #4 Top Deal
    –   Southern Business & Development, July 2011
  • Baton Rouge, New Orleans & Shreveport among 25 “Best Cities for Recent Grads”
    –   The Daily Beast, May 2011
  • Lafayette among “America’s Best Affordable Places” for 2011
    –   Bloomberg Businessweek, May 2011
  • New Orleans & Shreveport among Top U.S. Cities for Information Jobs
    –   Forbes, May 2011
  • Best U.S. Cities for Jobs: New Orleans #2 Big City; Shreveport #7 Mid-Size
    –   Forbes, May 2011
  • Top Groups:  Baton Rouge Area Chamber & Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
    Honorable Mention:  Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    –   Site Selection, May 2011
  • Top Deals of 2010:  Nucor Corp. in St. James Parish
    –   Site Selection, May 2011


  1. Additional Rankings:

    – Shreveport: 5 Markets Beating the Housing Bust (WSJ’s SmartMoney, 2/12)

    – Baton Rouge: 7th for Job Growth through 2020 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2/12)

    – Lafayette: Median Income Growth Leads Nation’s Metros (WSJ, 2/12)
    Related article from The Independent: http://tinyurl.com/7up6kfr

    – Baton Rouge: #7 Where Jobs Will Be in 2012 (Forbes, 12/11)
    Related article from Business Report: http://tinyurl.com/86gk5qh

    – New Orleans Businesses: Most Improved in 2011 (WSJ’s MarketWatch, 12/11)

  2. NOLA #8 in USA for Job Growth in Medium Metros – Headlamp, an economic development consultancy, conducted an analysis of employment trends from June to September 2011 to identify the US metros that experienced the highest job growth rates. 43% of all metros actually experienced job losses. New Orleans metro, however, had the 8th highest rate of job growth (5.0% annualized growth) amongst all medium-size metros in the country and has experienced positive overall growth since December 2007 when the recession started. Also ranking in the Top 10-25% of medium metros, Baton Rouge ranked #21. Ranking among the Top 10% of small metros, Lafayette (#16) and Houma (#21) saw annualized growth of 11.5% and 10.6% respectively. Shreveport-Bossier City had annualized growth of 3.8%.

  3. Additional Rankings:
    – New Orleans #1 City for Young Entrepreneurs 2011 (Under30CEO.com)

    – Shreveport-Bossier ranks 9th in US Metro GDP growth, 7.5% in 2010 (Bureau of Economic Analysis)

    – Baton Rouge among “10 Great Cities for Young People” (Kiplinger, AOL Real Estate)

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