U.S. Chamber study ranks Louisiana No. 1 for exports

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - National leadership in exports, strong industrial growth, and policies that are attracting business investment and creating jobs helped Louisiana establish multiple Top 10 rankings in Enterprising States 2014, a new report by an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation takes an in-depth look at the policies, priorities and programs of the 50 states and Puerto Rico and identifies how states build economic momentum.

The 2014 report ranks Louisiana No. 1 in export intensity and No. 1 in export growth. Louisiana ranks No. 2 in both export intensity growth and growth in the state’s share of national exports.

Additionally, Louisiana ranks No. 2 in the nation for per capita income growth, where the state has ranked in the upper tier of states for each of the past five years.

Louisiana ranks No. 5 for the lowest percentage of residents’ income claimed by state and local taxes, while the state’s higher education efficiency ranks No. 6 and Louisiana’s college affordability ranks No. 10.