POSTED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 5:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Business prospects in Baton Rouge look good for 2013. That was the finding from a survey released by the Baton Rouge Area chamber.
More than 5,000 jobs are expected to be added to the local economy next year. The two biggest areas of growth are expected to be in construction and healthcare.
Baton Rouge's unemployment is also down to 6.2 percent. That's the lowest it's been since November 2009.
"Overall, you're seeing the economy increasing in the overall number of jobs, slowly and steadily,” Adam Knapp, B.R.A.C, said. “Not huge, rapid growth numbers, but slow and steady growth. And that is translating to slightly increased expectations for business revenues"
The survey also showed that two of the biggest obstacles to business growth in Baton Rouge are traffic and crime.