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24/7 Wall St.: America's Poorest States

5. Louisiana

- Median income: $41,896
- Poverty rate: 18 percent (4th highest)
- Without health insurance: 18 percent (11th highest)
- Unemployment rate: 7.6 percent (17th lowest)

Nearly one in five people in Louisiana lives in a state of poverty. This is the fourth-worst rate in the country. A full 18 percent of residents are without health insurance, and median income is the fifth-lowest in the country. The after effects of Hurricane Katrina and, to a lesser extent, the Gulf oil spill, have hurt tourism and job opportunities in the region. In an effort to stimulate the state economy, Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed the construction of a new gas-to-liquids facility, which is expected to create more than 5,000 jobs: “We’re here to make an announcement that could result in Louisiana’s largest economic development project in our state’s entire history.”

(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

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