Louisiana ranks 14th lowest in state, local government GDP

Louisiana finished 14th lowest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

State and local governments in Louisiana have a share of state GDP estimated at $3,991 per capita, according to the study. The total GDP per capita in the state is $49,606.

State and local government employees represent 14.9 percent of the state’s total workforce, the analysis found.

The GDP for state and local governments includes social spending, employee salaries, public education programs, water treatment operations and public safety budgets, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Some of the states with the biggest government sectors also require residents to pay higher levels of taxes, the study found. But other states have relatively large governments and low tax rates on individuals because they have natural resources whose extraction can be subject to levies, according to the analysis.

States With the Smallest Government Sectors

Rank State State, Local Government Share of GDP per Capita Total GDP per Capita State, Local Employees, as a % of Total Workforce Median Household Income
1 Florida $3,392 $43,052 10.9% $52,594
2 Indiana $3,494 $48,738 12.3% $54,181
3 Tennessee $3,658 $47,695 12.6% $51,340
4 Idaho $3,686 $39,843 15.1% $52,225
5 Arkansas $3,710 $38,467 15.1% $45,869
6 Georgia $3,758 $49,663 12.9% $56,183
7 Kentucky $3,760 $41,659 14.2% $48,375
8 Missouri $3,791 $46,064 13.0% $53,578
9 Arizona $3,795 $43,096 12.4% $56,581
10 Pennsylvania $3,833 $55,602 10.0% $59,195
11 Michigan $3,895 $46,858 12.5% $54,909
12 West Virginia $3,912 $39,495 17.3% $43,469
13 Maine $3,965 $42,356 13.4% $56,277
14 Louisiana $3,991 $49,606 14.9% $46,145
15 Mississippi $4,027 $34,029 18.6% $43,529
16 Utah $4,047 $49,740 13.8% $68,358
17 Nevada $4,065 $48,189 10.0% $58,003
18 Alabama $4,078 $40,279 16.1% $48,123
19 Rhode Island $4,123 $50,827 10.1% $63,870
20 Ohio $4,127 $51,456 12.5% $54,021
21 New Hampshire $4,129 $55,744 11.8% $73,381
22 Montana $4,173 $42,173 16.1% $53,386
23 North Carolina $4,194 $47,778 14.4% $52,752
24 Texas $4,249 $58,417 13.8% $59,206
25 South Dakota $4,253 $51,997 15.4% $56,521
26 Illinois $4,425 $59,980 12.1% $62,992
27 Colorado $4,474 $59,057 14.2% $69,117
28 Virginia $4,485 $55,929 13.5% $71,535
29 Maryland $4,488 $60,886 13.1% $80,776
30 South Carolina $4,557 $39,883 15.5% $50,570
31 Wisconsin $4,580 $51,575 12.6% $59,305
32 Kansas $4,588 $52,297 16.4% $56,422
33 Minnesota $4,589 $59,057 13.3% $68,388
34 Oklahoma $4,680 $48,954 17.5% $50,051
35 Massachusetts $4,885 $72,635 11.2% $77,385
36 New Mexico $4,900 $44,187 18.3% $46,744
37 Vermont $4,928 $47,921 15.6% $57,513
38 Hawaii $4,958 $56,880 14.1% $77,765
39 Oregon $5,046 $50,996 13.9% $60,212
40 Delaware $5,063 $66,023 13.2% $62,852
41 Iowa $5,113 $54,101 15.2% $58,570
42 New Jersey $5,153 $62,263 13.2% $80,088
43 Connecticut $5,162 $67,784 12.9% $74,168
44 North Dakota $5,433 $67,308 16.8% $61,843
45 Nebraska $5,621 $58,141 15.3% $59,970
46 California $5,638 $67,698 13.6% $71,805
47 Washington $5,653 $67,242 14.6% $70,979
48 New York $6,072 $73,531 14.1% $64,894
49 Wyoming $7,415 $66,413 21.1% $60,434
50 Alaska $7,443 $70,936 19.8% $73,181

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

This is a revised article first published by The Center Square.

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