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Louisiana jobs prediction released

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BATON ROUGE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - While retired LSU economics professor Loren Scott sees some of the strongest job growth in southern Louisiana, his overall prediction is good. He sees 1.9 million jobs in the state by the end of 2012 and some 24,000 additional jobs by 2014.

The forecasts are part of the "Louisiana Economic Outlook: 2013 and 2014", written by Scott and his colleagues.

Lafayette is projected to lead the state with a 6.9 percent increase in jobs over the two-year period.

Houma is projected to receive a 6.2 percent gain; Lake Charles, 5.7 percent; Alexandria, 2.7 percent; Baton Rouge, 2.4 percent; Monroe and Shreveport, each 0.8 percent; and New Orleans, 0.6 percent.

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