Number of new Rapides businesses up in 2022. Many having tough time finding workers.

More new businesses have opened so far this year in Rapides Parish than last year, something one economist says is a good sign for Central Louisian...

September 5, 2022
8:14 AM

More new businesses have opened so far this year in Rapides Parish than last year, something one economist says is a good sign for Central Louisiana's economy. The August numbers were higher than June and July, according to Randall Dupont, dean of the Louisiana State University at Alexandria College of Business, in his monthly economic snapshot. "New business growth demonstrates the strength of the Central Louisiana economy," he said. Overall, Rapides Parish has seen a 36% increase in new business openings so far in 2022.

Melissa Gregory