Link to U.S. News puts Louisiana last again in annual Best States rankings (opens in new window)

It’s the latest in a series of studies listing Louisiana as the worst or among the worst states in key quality of life areas.

Last week a WalletHub study concluded Louisiana is the worst state in America for working mothers, showing moms here are shortchanged on everything from pay to childcare. America’s Health Ratings from the United Health Foundation lists Louisiana as the worst state for women and children’s health.

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Link to First Horizon stock tumbles 50% after TD Bank merger collapses (opens in new window)

First Horizon and TD Bank have called off a $13 billion deal that would have formed America’s sixth-largest bank, adding to the turmoil sweeping the country’s regional lenders.

Caught up in the worst banking crisis since 2008, First Horizon (FHN)’s share price has plunged about 40% over the past couple months, falling well below the $25 per share that TD offered when the takeover was announced in February 2022.

Source: CNN

Link to Unemployment rate rising in Louisiana’s big cities (opens in new window)

Unemployment in the Lafayette metro area ticked up .4 points in 2022. The region also saw the sharpest decline in labor force in the state, shedding 1,700 workers.

All of Louisiana’s nine metro areas’ unemployment rates increased from November to December 2022 as well, with the state seeing its rate increase for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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