State debt per capita
: $3,914 (17th highest) Pct. without health insurance
: 17.8 percent (10th highest) Pct. below poverty line
: 17.8 percent (5th highest) Unemployment
: 6.9 percent (13th lowest)
Louisiana remains in our bottom 10 again this year, although it has improved since last year, primarily because of decreases in unemployment and violent crime rate. In all, however, the state ranks poorly in most of the metrics we considered. Louisiana has the fifth-highest poverty rate in the country, the 10th-highest percentage of residents without health insurance coverage and the fifth lowest percentage of adults with a high school diploma.
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