Lafayette will be a hub for jobs growth for the State of Louisiana.  That is the conclusion of Dr. Loren Scott, a retired economics professor from LSU.

Scott put together a list of which places face the brightest future for working people in 2013 and 2014.  It appears as, "Louisiana Economic Outlook: 2013 and 2014" and forecasts that, along with Lafayette, the Houma-Thibodaux area will also have great news in the next couple of years.

Among the details that Scott predicts are that Louisiana will reach 1.9 million jobs by the end of 2012 and that there will be 27,500 more by the end of 2014.

The complete list of increasing job numbers for Louisiana, according to Scott, is as follows:

  1. 1. Lafayette - up 6.9%
  2. 2. Houma - up 6.2%
  3. 3. Lake Charles - up 5.7%
  4. 4. Alexandria - up 2.7%
  5. 5. Baton Rouge - up 2.4%
  6. 6. Monroe - up 0.8%
  7. 7. Shreveport - up 0.8%
  8. 8. New Orleans - up 0.6%