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Louisiana is located in the southern region of the United States. It is also known as the “Bayou State” for its many bayous. Before its establishment as a state in April 30, 1812, the territory had been a Spanish and French colony. The culture is a rich and unusual mix, most notable of which are those of the Creoles and Cajuns. It is home to 4,492,076 (2009 est.).* The capital city is Baton Rouge while the largest city is New Orleans.

Music is an important part of culture in Louisiana. The Cajun fiddles, German accordions, and Afro-Caribbean drums all transformed the music scene. Four musical types are native to Louisiana: Creole, music, Cajun music, swamp blues and swamp pop. Over time New Orleans jazz, also known as Dixieland, New Orleans blues and gospel music developed from the local traditional music.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated the gross state product of Louisiana to be at $222 billion as of 2008.** The chief agricultural outputs of Louisiana are cotton, soybeans, poultry and eggs, sugarcane, dairy products, rice, cattle and seafood. The industrial products are chemicals, petroleum, coal, processed foods, paper, and transportation equipment. The rich culture of Louisiana, particularly in the New Orleans area, draws people from all over the world, making tourism a significant player in the local economy.

As of August 2010, the estimated unemployment rate for the state of Louisiana was at 7.6%.***

Unemployment Agency Website Phone Number State
Workforce Commission Louisiana Website 225-342-3111 Louisiana Unemployment Benefits

Below is a list of the 50 largest employers in Louisiana:****

Employer City
OCHSNER CLINIC FOUNDATION Jefferson
LOUISIANA STATE UNIV HEALTH New Orleans
FIRST WEILLER CANCER CTR LSU Shreveport
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SHIP SYSTEMS Avondale
WILLIS KNIGHTON HEALTH SYSTEM Shreveport
LSU HEALTH SCIENCES CTR Shreveport
EAST JEFFERSON HOSPITAL Metairie
LAFAYETTE GENERAL MEDICAL CTR Lafayette
LSU MEDICAL CENTER New Orleans
OUR LADY-LAKE REGIONAL MEDICAL Baton Rouge
TULANE UNIVERSITY New Orleans
WILLIS-KNIGHTON HEALTH SYSTEM Shreveport
US POST OFFICE New Orleans
WILLIS-KNIGHTON HEALTH SYSTEM Shreveport
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS New Orleans
HORSESHOE HOTEL BOSSIER CITY Bossier City
OUR LADY OF THE LAKE REHAB CTR Baton Rouge
HARRAH’S NEW ORLEANS CASINO New Orleans
NORTH OAKS HEALTH SYSTEM Hammond
LAFAYETTE INFORMATION SVC DEPT Lafayette
ALLIED HEALTH CARE INC Pineville
AMERICAN NURSING SVC INC Metairie
HOTEL AT L’AUBERGE DU LAC Lake Charles
HOTEL AT HARRAH’S NEW ORLEANS New Orleans
WEST TELEMARKETING Baton Rouge
GM SHREVEPORT ASSEMBLY PLANT Shreveport
HOTEL AT ISLE OF CAPRI Westlake
NEW ORLEANS POLICE SUPT New Orleans
BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD Baton Rouge
CHRISTUA SCHUMPERT HEALTH SYS Shreveport
FLOWER DE GAS Franklinton
HARRAH’S LAKE CHARLES Lake Charles
LAKE CHARLES MEM HOSPITAL Lake Charles
NASA MICHOUD New Orleans
NORTH OAKS SENIOR CARE Hammond
PARAGON CASINO Marksville
PUBLIC HEALTH OFC Baton Rouge
ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF Covington
WEST JEFFERSON MEDICAL CTR Marrero
CHRISTUS ST. FRANCES CABRINI Alexandria
CHRISTUA SCHUMPERT HEALTH Shreveport
CHRISTUS SCHUMPERT HIGHLAND Shreveport
DIAMOND JACK’S CASINO Bossier City
FOSTER POULTRY FARMS Farmerville
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF Gretna
UNIVERSITY OF LA LAFAYETTE Lafayette
ST. FRANCIS MEDICAL CTR Monroe
DOW CHEMICAL CO Hahnville
EXXON MOBIL CHEMICAL CO Baton Rouge
LA STATE PENITENTIARY Angola

Sources:
* http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22000.html
** http://www.bea.gov/regional/gsp/action.cfm
*** http://data.bls.gov:8080/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet;jsessionid=6230298f30877b106f61
**** http://www.acinet.org/acinet/oview6.asp?soccode=&stfips=22&from=State&id=11&nodeid=12