A well-known trend the state thought it had fixed is happening again to Louisiana. More people are once again leaving the Bayou State than are moving in. In an annual study by United Van Lines, it's the first time in three years that this has happened.

LSU Economist Dr. Jim Richardson says other states just have better employment opportunities. Richardson says an overall improvement in the national economy is likely contributing to workers seeking employment elsewhere. Richardson says, however, the national recession has been beneficial to Louisiana in recent years as well.

The study indicates that Louisiana had 2,842 shipments in 2011, and of those, 1,413 were inbound while 1,429 were outbound.