NOLA Business Insider: How is the Louisiana economy doing? Don’t ask… |

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It was hoped that 2022 would be a year of economic recovery for Louisiana, with federal relief funds flowing and the return of major events that had been slowed by COVID-19.

However, new data shows that Louisiana’s manufacturing sector contracted at the start of the year, with the state’s overall gross domestic product shrinking much more sharply than the U.S. economy as a whole. Take a look at the latest update on the state’s troubled economic situation, fueled in part by soaring natural gas prices.

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