The news wasn’t entirely bad for the Pelican State, however. Lake Charles’s economy grew 8.3 percent, third-best in the nation. Baton Rouge enjoyed the 17th-fastest growth at 5.4. Both economies were bolstered by an increase in nondurable goods manufacturing.
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Monroe and New Orleans posted above-average growth, expanding 2.8 and 2.6 percent, respectively. New Orleans was also boosted by nondurable manufacturing, while Monroe saw a big expansion in the computer-driven information sector.
Shreveport-Bossier City was nearly flat, growing 0.2 percent, while Alexandria saw its economy shrink 1.6, also one of the 50 worst performances nationwide.
The nation’s 382 metro areas grew 2.5 percent, on average, in 2015.
Gross domestic product seeks to measure all economic output of an area.