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White House: Census Bureau reports strong economic data in Louisiana

Source: La. Secretary of State Source: La. Secretary of State
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The White House says recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows positive progress for Louisiana residents in the past few years.

Average household income grew by 2.5 percent in Louisiana, or the equivalent of $1,116. That's less than the national change of 5.2 percent, or $2,800.

Within Louisiana, the Houma and Alexandria metro areas saw the largest household income gains, rising 6.6 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively.

The poverty rate fell by 0.2 percent in the state, with 6,600 people rising above the poverty line.

The uninsured rate fell from 16.6 percent in 2013 to 11.9 percent in 2015.

Since 2010, 96,700 jobs have been added to the Louisiana economy, according to Census Bureau data. The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent at the peak of the Great Recession to 6.3 percent as of August 2016.

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