Until recently, Louisiana had been ranked 49th or 50th in every year of the Forbes ranking.
When Gov. Bobby Jindal took office in 2008, Louisiana stood 49th in the U.S. Since then, the state’s Forbes ranking has improved to 44th in 2009 and 2010, and 30th this year.
Louisiana's improvement of 19 spots since Jindal took office ties for the largest gain made by any state in the U.S. in that period of time.
The Forbes ranking evaluates the 50 states on six different categories, including business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.
In just the past year, according to Forbes, Louisiana moved up nine spots for business costs, from 25th to 16th, and the state gained 15 spots in regulatory environment, up from 27th to 12th. Forbes said Louisiana’s economic climate also improved 15 spots from 41st to 26th, and the state’s growth prospects climbed four spots, from 18th to 14th.
Louisiana’s dramatic improvement from last year’s ranking was based on a variety of factors, including, for example: an improvement in Louisiana’s relative economic performance and growth outlook; an increase in the number of Fortune 1000 headquarters based in Louisiana (Amedisys Inc. and Superior Energy Services Inc. recently joined the list, increasing the total to six); a new assessment of state tax competitiveness from the Tax Foundation that reflects recent business tax cuts in Louisiana; reduced energy costs; and a jump in Louisiana’s economic development competitiveness ranking (from No. 10 to No. 2) by Pollina Corporate Real Estate.
Over the past few years, Louisiana has moved up significantly in every national ranking of state business climates, including those published by Area Development magazine, Beacon Hill Institute, Business Facilities magazine, Chief Executive magazine, CNBC, Forbes, Pollina Corporate Real Estate, and Site Selection magazine.
Louisiana now stands at its highest-ever position on every national ranking of state business climates.
Three of those national rankings (Area Development, Business Facilities and Site Selection) now rank Louisiana among the Top 10 states in the U.S. for business.
Since 2008, Louisiana Economic Development has secured economic development projects that are creating more than 46,000 new jobs, more than $10.5 billion in capital investment and hundreds of millions of dollars in new sales for small businesses across the state.