Louisiana's 4.5 million residents
reflect a colorful, multicultural mix originating from early trade among French
and Spanish colonists with Native American Indians. African Americans and
Haitian immigrants have contributed to the rich Creole French heritage found in
the state's southern regions along with strains of French Canadian Cajuns.
European immigrants have populated the northern part.
Louisiana onshore and offshore petroleum and natural gas reserves have kept nearly
a fifth of its residents employed. Major plants include the Citgo Petroleum
Corporation and ConocoPhillips. Known for thriving shipbuilding, seafood and
tourism industries, the state has one of the world's largest shipping ports at the
Port of South Louisiana.
The southwestern Lake Charles area expects $10.6 billion in new petrochemical
construction project. The Shaw Group continues nuclear power parts manufacturing,
while Northrop Gumman and Aeroframe produce aerospace parts manufacturing and
repair. The Shreveport-Bossier City region in the northwest expects a new casino
resort, and CenturyLink Inc will continue to offer telecommunication jobs in the
northeast Monroe area.
The year-end 2011 unemployment rate for Louisiana was 6.9 percent. Job seekers will
find an overall modest outlook. Education and health industries are the major areas
of employment following the trade, transportation, utilities and government
Additional information can be found
regarding Louisiana's economy and key employers by visiting Wikipedia: Louisiana Economy.