The Baton Rouge and New Orleans metropolitan areas were among only four metros in the 100 largest nationwide that saw improvements in median wage, relative income poverty rate, and employment rate from 1999 to 2014, according to Brookings Institution’s latest Metro Monitor report.
However, over 2009 to 2014 the economic performance rankings of both Baton Rouge and New Orleans slipped. Baton Rouge ranked No. 46 in composite growth, while New Orleans was No. 78.
Over that period, Baton Rouge ranked No. 13 in inclusion, a measure based on employment rate, median wage and relative income poverty. New Orleans ranked No. 28. Inclusion indicators measure how the benefits of growth and prosperity are distributed among residents.
New Orleans ranked among the worst in the top 100 at 98 in terms of prosperity, which includes average annual wage, standard of living and productivity. The Baton Rouge area ranked No. 41.