Unemployment has been on a (mostly) steady decline in Louisiana since the end of 2014, and it's no wonder.  This state has a lot of huge employers, mostly  medical.  In fact, three fifths of the states 50 biggest employers are in the medical field.  Education and energy also factor heavily into the list generated by GNO Inc. and first reported by Nola.com.

The Shreveport / Bossier City area showed up on the list 6 times, posting impressive job numbers from companies like Willis-Knighton South Hospital (2,000 employees), LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, and Feist-Weiller Cancer Center (each with 3,000 employees).  The remaining 3 entries all placed in the top 10 starting with number 9: Horseshoe Casino Bossier City Hotel & Casino, who weighs in at a whopping 3,300 employees.  Next up is Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport at number 6 with 4,720 folks on the payroll.  Topping the list for our area is the Willis-Knighton Health System of Shreveport with 6,300 jobs filled.

In total, 22,320 jobs in our area alone are represented on the list - from just 6 employers.