Two Louisiana cities among nation's fastest growing economies

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NEW ORLEANS, La (AP) - Louisiana's eight metropolitan areas included two of the nation's fastest growing economies and two of its fastest shrinking in 2016. Lake Charles' economy grew 8.1 percent, fastest in the nation according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Commerce Department. Alexandria grew 7 percent, fourth fastest nationwide. Two other urban areas had bad news. The Lafayette area's economy shrank 11.5 percent, third-worst nationwide. The Houma-Thibodaux area economy shrank 10.4 percent.