Dec 23, 2009 11:46 AM by Associated Press

Louisiana's population shows increase for third year

BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Census Bureau recently released population figures indicating that Louisiana experienced the third consecutive year of more people moving into the state than moving out. Prior to this three-year run, Louisiana had gone more than two decades without experiencing a single year of net population in-migration.

Governor Bobby Jindal said, "This is great news and one more sign that Louisiana's economy continues to outperform the South and the nation. Research has shown that people most frequently move from one state to another in pursuit of rewarding jobs and business opportunities. Louisiana increasingly is offering both because we have made economic development our top priority since day one in office.

"Our aggressive focus on preserving our existing jobs and attracting new jobs is resulting in increases in our national rankings, improvements in our business climate, population in-migration and most importantly more good job opportunities for our people. Indeed, we've created a New Louisiana by pursuing fiscally responsible policies and holding the line on taxes which is creating opportunity for our people. We must continue on this path to make sure that all of our sons and daughters can pursue their dreams right here at home."

From July 2008 to July 2009, 18,100 more people moved into Louisiana than moved out of Louisiana, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Louisiana's population increased by 40,600 from July 2008 to July 2009, which is a 0.9 percent increase over the previous year. In terms of total population growth, Louisiana was the 21st fastest growing state in the country from July 2008 to July 2009.

From July 2007 to July 2008, approximately 17,800 more people moved into Louisiana than moved out of Louisiana. From July 2006 to July 2007, approximately 33,400 more people moved into Louisiana than moved out of Louisiana. Prior to the July 2006 to July 2007 time period, Louisiana had not experienced positive population in-migration for more than two decades.

Louisiana's economy has outperformed the South and the U.S. since the beginning of the recession. Unemployment rates in Louisiana have remained well below those in the South and the U.S. for every month of the recession, and employment levels have held up better in Louisiana than in the South and U.S. overall.

"As long as Louisiana's economy continues to outperform the South and the U.S. overall, we are likely to see these positive population migration trends continue," said Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret. "Accordingly, we will continue our efforts to increase Louisiana's economic competitiveness, implement robust workforce solutions, retain our existing businesses and industry, cultivate small business growth, and aggressively attract new business investment so that we can position Louisiana to outperform the South and the U.S. on a regular basis."

In addition to the recent Census data, Mayflower Transit's "2009 Customer Relocation Study" revealed that Louisiana ranked 11th best overall when comparing inbound relocations to outbound relocations from January to August 2009, and United Van Lines' 2009 mid-year migration analysis ranked Louisiana sixth best overall and second best in the South when comparing inbound shipments to outbound shipments from January to June 2009.



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