Richard Thompson

January 24, 2018

Unemployment rate continues to drop

Now at 4.6 percent -- its lowest since March 2008 -- the unemployment rate in Louisiana continued to drop for the eighth consecutive month in December.

Number of the Day

5,500 - The net number of new jobs added to the market over the past 12 months in Louisiana. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)
October 10, 2017

Hospitality workers unite

New Orleans’s hospitality workers are the engine of the city’s tourism-based economy. Unfortunately, many of those workers don’t earn enough to maintain a decent standard of living, and 500 employees of the Hilton Riverside recently decided to do something about it.

Number of the Day

197 - Number of community health centers in Louisiana whose federal funding expired on Sept. 30 and has yet to be authorized by Congress. (Source: National Association of Community Health Centers)
February 14, 2017

Session opens with plea for bipartisanship

Gov. John Bel Edwards kicked off a 10-day special session by asking state legislators to set aside partisan differences as they work to plug a $304 million midyear budget gap that could lead to deep service cuts. The AP’s Melinda Deslatte reports that Edwards and a majority of the state Senate want to use $119 million from the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund toward filling the deficit, but conservatives in the House continue to balk.… Read more...