In local news:

The annual Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card from Ball State University reveals that Louisiana is failing to produce suitable “human capital” for the growing industries across the state. According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, the report card has been prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research since 2008. Since the study’s inception, Louisiana has never received an overall grade better than a C+ (2009) for the overall success of its industries, and has never received anything but an F in the human capital category. In this year’s report, Louisiana’s overall grade is a C, the same grade it has earned every year in the report besides 2009. Each state is also graded on several other factors, including tax climate, production and innovation, and worker benefit costs. Louisiana’s worker benefit costs grade, which includes workers’ comp rates, was also a C.

Access the report here.

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