David Leonhardt

September 26, 2018

Food insecurity on the rise in Louisiana

Louisiana has seen the largest increase in food insecurity in the last decade, with 1 in 6 households struggling each year to afford a consistent, healthy diet, according to a new report from the United States Department of Agriculture.

Number of the Day

23,400 - Number of jobs Louisiana is predicted to add in 2019, a 1.2 percent increase. (Source: Baton Rouge Advocate)
September 17, 2018

We’re measuring the wrong things

By most conventional measures, America’s economy is booming. But for millions of Americans, it doesn’t feel like a boom.

Number of the Day

10,551 - Total number of state contracts as of July - a 25 percent drop since July 2016. (Source: Division of Administration via The Advocate)
August 6, 2018

The real state of the economy

By some measures, the U.S. economy is faring better than it has in years. At 4.1 percent, second-quarter growth was the fastest acceleration in four years.

Number of the Day

14.5 - Percentage of Louisiana nursing home residents who were mentally ill in 2016. A federal legal settlement is aimed at reducing that figure. (Source: The Associated Press)
June 22, 2018

The House stalls again

After a day of heated negotiations and long delays on Thursday, the House failed to pass any tax measures to replace expiring revenue and avoid the fiscal cliff.

Number of the Day

0.68 percent-  Louisiana’s population growth rate from 2007 to 2017. (Source: Pew Trust)