Business Leaders Are Optimistic About Baton Rouge’s Economy And Concerned About The Labor Shortage That Is Derailing The Recovery

The Shepherd of the Hills Gazette

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – There are roughly three jobs for every unemployed person in the capital region, according to Baton Rouge Area Chamber executives.

It’s a statistic that’s not as easy to explain as it claims, but it could undo Baton Rouge’s economic recovery, according to Andrew Fitzgerald, Senior VP of Business Intelligence at BRAC.

“We used to just not have enough quality jobs for all seekers,” said Fitzgerald. “Now we have more than enough quality jobs, but not enough manpower to fill them all.”

Overall, Fitzgerald said Baton Rouge has largely recovered from the pandemic lows; The economy has regained about half of the jobs lost, unemployment is lower than academic, and more people are moving to the area. The biggest problem for Baton Rouge is keeping talent in the area and increasing the workforce.

BRAC has submitted its economic forecast for the capital region, which you can view here.

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