Economists say that while Louisiana is on the upswing economically, the forecast is fairly flat for 2017 with a small upward swing by the end of 2018.

Dr. Loren Scott, a professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, said northwest Louisiana has been in a decline since 2008.

“Your corner of the state is down about 10,500 jobs down from where it was back in 2008, when it peaked,” he said.
“There’s just a number of body blows that you’ve taken since then. Your primary problem has been a reduction in activity from the Haynesville Shale.”

He said in 2008-09, the northwest

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