Arkansas and Louisiana have both shown strong job creation numbers in recent years, as the U.S. economy recovers from the 2008 recession. Arkansas saw job growth in its manufacturing industry, according to The City Wire.
This growth took place in the fourth quarter of 2013, with manufacturing accounting for 3 percent of the state's total economic growth. The source garnered this information from a report released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The non-durable manufacturing sector was a prominent example of this growth, said Greg Kaza, executive director and economist at the Arkansas Policy Foundation.
"That one really stands out in terms of growth," Kaza said, according to the source. "It is not really sexy, but it is really important for our state's economy."
Likewise, Louisiana is also posting impressive economic numbers, noted the The Times-Picayune. The Gross Domestic Product of the state increased, between 2005 and 2013, at a rate of 5.4 percent. By contrast, the national average during this same period was only 2.8 percent. The Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret told the source that he expected the economic outlook of the state to remain bright in the future.
Manufacturing recruiters can head to Louisiana and Arkansas to capitalize on economic trends in these states.