In local news:

Construction activity across Louisiana last year accounted for a 5.8 percent share of the state’s total gross domestic product. That figure constitutes the second-highest share of construction activity on total GDP among all states except North Dakota, according to a new analysis of U.S. Commerce Department data by the Associated Builders and Contractors. The private construction industry has been boosted in recent years by strong drilling activity in both North Dakota and Louisiana. No. 1 North Dakota’s construction sector accounts for 5.9 percent of that state’s GDP. Louisiana was followed in the rankings by Hawaii and Montana (5.3 percent each), and Utah (5.1 percent). The national average is 3.7 percent, a nearly two-decade low.

Read more from the Baton Rouge Business Report here.

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