Survey findings and summary
Thumbtack, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released
Louisiana's results from the third annual Thumbtack.com
Small Business Friendliness Survey. The study, drawing upon data from over 12,000
small business owners, provides new insights into state and local business
environments across the nation.
"After a two-month survey of thousands of small business owners nationwide,
we have found that Louisiana is notable for its friendliness towards small business and the ease of bringing on new workers," says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of
Thumbtack. "Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic
businesses is more important than ever, and small businesses recognize that Louisiana has been working hard to achieve this."
Some of the key findings for Louisiana include:
- Louisiana was 5th for overall friendliness and took the top spot in the country for the ease of hiring new workers and the friendliness of its environmental regulations.
- Louisiana was one of the few states where male business owners were more likely to give postive grades to the friendliness of state government than female business owners, rating it 7 percent higher than their female counterparts.
- Louisiana did well across the board, finishing in the top ten nationwide in 7 of the 11 categories that were rated by small businesses.
- Louisiana improved 9 spots from its rating in 2013 to finish 5th overall.
- Louisiana earned the top rating in the country for the friendliness of environmental regulations and the ease of filing taxes.
- The top rated states overall were Utah, Idaho, Texas, Virginia and Louisiana. The lowest rated were Rhode Island, Illinois, California, Connecticut and New Jersey.
A copy of the survey's full methodology and analysis paper is available upon
request. Please email Thumbtack's Chief Economist, Jon Lieber, at
firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy
of the paper and with any questions or comments you might have.
Cities in Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA
Bossier City, LA
Lake Charles, LA
New Iberia, LA
New Orleans, LA