These Are The 10 Worst Places In Louisiana To Get A Job

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Louisiana after looking at the best places in Louisiana a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Louisiana, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Pelican State are:

  1. Bogalusa
  2. Bastrop
  3. Minden
  4. Tallulah
  5. Oakdale
  6. Alexandria
  7. Monroe
  8. Shreveport
  9. Leesville
  10. Hammond

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Pelican State

After getting the data for every place in Louisiana, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Louisiana To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Bogalusa

Bogalusa, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,254Recent Job Growth: 0.11%
Future Job Growth: 34.20%

2. Bastrop

Bastrop, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,348Recent Job Growth: 0.59%
Future Job Growth: 33.10%

3. Minden

Minden, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,062Recent Job Growth: 0.24%
Future Job Growth: 35.50%

4. Tallulah

Tallulah, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,378Recent Job Growth: 1.78%
Future Job Growth: 35.40%

5. Oakdale


Population: 7,785 Recent Job Growth: 0.75%
Future Job Growth: 35.90%

6. Alexandria

Alexandria, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,941Recent Job Growth: 0.15%
Future Job Growth: 35.10%

7. Monroe

Monroe, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,027Recent Job Growth: 1.10%
Future Job Growth: 36.60%

8. Shreveport

Shreveport, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 200,099Recent Job Growth: 0.24%
Future Job Growth: 35.30%

9. Leesville

Leesville, Louisiana

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Population: 6,540Recent Job Growth: -1.93%
Future Job Growth: 31.00%

10. Hammond

Hammond, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,986Recent Job Growth: 0.52%
Future Job Growth: 35.90%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Bogalusa took the “top” spot as the worst city in Louisiana for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Louisiana, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Louisiana To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
bogalusa 1 12,254 0.11% 34.20%
bastrop 2 11,348 0.59% 33.10%
minden 3 13,062 0.24% 35.50%
tallulah 4 7,378 1.78% 35.40%
oakdale 5 7,785 0.75% 35.90%
alexandria 6 47,941 0.15% 35.10%
monroe 7 49,027 1.10% 36.60%
shreveport 8 200,099 0.24% 35.30%
leesville 9 6,540 -1.93% 31.00%
hammond 10 19,986 0.52% 35.90%
marksville 11 5,679 0.36% 35.60%
franklin 12 7,638 0.39% 36.10%
ruston 13 21,805 1.02% 36.60%
natchitoches 14 18,264 1.09% 37.00%
ponchatoula 15 6,577 0.52% 35.90%
fort polk south 16 8,992 -1.93% 31.00%
opelousas 17 16,941 0.76% 37.00%
ville platte 18 7,464 1.34% 37.90%
morgan city 19 12,326 0.39% 36.10%
pineville 20 14,535 0.15% 35.80%
eunice 21 10,339 0.76% 37.00%
west monroe 22 13,085 1.10% 37.60%
patterson 23 6,063 0.39% 36.10%
deridder 24 10,586 1.49% 38.20%
bossier city 25 62,208 0.24% 36.10%
abbeville 26 12,267 1.61% 39.20%
new orleans 27 341,407 2.03% 39.00%
reserve 28 9,114 2.03% 38.60%
st. martinville 29 6,165 1.68% 39.50%
plaquemine 30 7,098 3.12% 39.90%
claiborne 31 12,210 1.10% 37.60%
chalmette 32 16,663 2.03% 39.50%
laplace 33 30,732 2.03% 38.60%
red chute 34 6,254 0.24% 36.30%
breaux bridge 35 8,161 1.68% 39.50%
slidell 36 27,202 2.03% 39.20%
new iberia 37 30,808 2.10% 39.60%
st. gabriel 38 6,651 3.12% 39.90%
marrero 39 32,516 2.03% 40.10%
crowley 40 13,280 1.99% 40.10%
rayne 41 7,972 1.99% 40.10%
gretna 42 17,720 2.03% 40.10%
meraux 43 5,816 2.03% 39.50%
harvey 44 20,063 2.03% 40.10%
bridge city 45 7,978 2.03% 40.10%
terrytown 46 23,492 2.03% 40.10%
st. rose 47 8,861 2.03% 40.00%
westwego 48 8,615 2.03% 40.10%
jefferson 49 11,271 2.03% 40.10%
lafayette 50 120,757 1.68% 40.10%
metairie 51 138,369 2.03% 40.10%
jennings 52 10,365 1.88% 40.20%
waggaman 53 9,773 2.03% 40.10%
luling 54 12,277 2.03% 40.00%
baton rouge 55 229,174 3.12% 41.70%
carencro 56 7,704 1.68% 40.20%
destrehan 57 11,418 2.03% 40.00%
belle chasse 58 13,268 2.04% 39.80%
scott 59 8,607 1.68% 40.20%
estelle 60 17,074 2.03% 40.10%
river ridge 61 13,518 2.03% 40.10%
timberlane 62 10,212 2.03% 40.10%
woodmere 63 12,169 2.03% 40.10%
houma 64 33,719 1.83% 40.50%
thibodaux 65 14,582 1.83% 40.80%
lake charles 66 72,204 3.99% 43.60%
raceland 67 10,200 1.83% 40.80%
broussard 68 8,138 1.68% 40.20%
gardere 69 10,386 3.12% 42.20%
baker 70 13,868 3.12% 42.20%
lacombe 71 7,712 2.03% 40.40%
galliano 72 7,750 1.83% 40.80%
bayou cane 73 20,505 1.83% 40.70%
harahan 74 9,279 2.03% 40.10%
schriever 75 6,869 1.83% 40.70%
merrydale 76 9,731 3.12% 42.20%
kenner 77 66,748 2.03% 40.40%
bayou blue 78 12,264 1.83% 40.80%
youngsville 79 8,172 1.68% 40.20%
covington 80 8,896 2.03% 40.40%
donaldsonville 81 7,483 3.12% 42.40%
larose 82 7,259 1.83% 40.80%
central 83 27,035 3.12% 42.20%
mandeville 84 11,827 2.03% 40.40%
zachary 85 14,954 3.12% 42.20%
shenandoah 86 18,774 3.12% 42.20%
chackbay 87 5,918 1.83% 40.80%
inniswold 88 6,389 3.12% 42.20%
denham springs 89 10,212 3.12% 42.40%
sulphur 90 20,268 3.99% 44.10%
village st. george 91 6,879 3.12% 42.20%
eden isle 92 6,865 2.03% 40.40%
gonzales 93 9,837 3.12% 42.40%
brownfields 94 6,117 3.12% 42.20%
oak hills place 95 7,957 3.12% 42.20%
old jefferson 96 6,520 3.12% 42.20%
walker 97 6,126 3.12% 42.40%
prien 98 7,603 3.99% 44.10%
moss bluff 99 11,506 3.99% 44.10%
prairieville 100 27,447 3.12% 42.40%