Jeanie Donovan

September 21, 2018

Looking beyond the unemployment rate

The national unemployment rate is at a near-historic low, but it’s important to remember that unemployment statistics only count adults who are unemployed but actively looking for work.

Number of the Day

59.4 - Louisiana’s seasonally-adjusted labor force participation rate in July 2018, meaning 6 in 10 working age adults were working or actively looking or work. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
September 20, 2018

Medicaid expansion not diverting resources from traditional Medicaid

Medicaid expansion in Louisiana has been a major success story. Since eligibility for the health insurance program was expanded in July 2016, more than 480,000 low-income adults have gained access to critical health services.
September 14, 2018

New Census data reveal concerning trends

An alarmingly high percentage of Louisiana families continue to face serious economic challenges, with almost 1 in 5 Louisianans living below the poverty line in 2017, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data.

Number of the Day

$2,240 - The amount the inflation-adjusted median household income in Louisiana has decreased between 2007 and 2017. (Source: LBP via the U.S. Census Bureau)
September 13, 2018

Poverty data should be wake-up call for Louisiana

While the national economy continues to gain momentum, far too many families in Louisiana continue to be left behind. Data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that poverty and economic inequality remain stubbornly high across the state.