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The United States is one of the largest and most technologically developed countries in the world. The Gross Domestic Product of the country in terms of purchasing power parity of the country has reached at $12.36 trillion (2005 est.).

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Louisiana Economy

Agriculture and Industry in Louisiana

Louisiana economy is a set of human and social activities and institutions related to the production, distribution, exchange and consumption of agriculture and industry goods and services. The balance between Louisiana various economic sectors differs largely between various regions and other states in the US.

Louisiana Agriculture and Industry

Louisiana's real gross state product in 2012 was estimated to be $198,548 which was just about the national state average, $187,440. Louisiana has the 23rd highest GSP out of the 50 states.

Louisiana is one of the nation's largest producers of cotton, sugarcane, rice, sweet potatoes and pecans. It is also a major producer of soybeans and corn. Louisiana is the only source of the Tabasco pepper, prized as a condiment across the world. Poultry is the largest livestock industry. The state is also the nation's largest producer of alligator hides and crawfish. Tourism is Louisiana's second largest industry after forestry (including paper-making and wood producing). Louisiana has more than 13.9 million acres of forests.

Louisiana's principal mineral products are petroleum, natural gas, salt, sulphur, carbon black, and gravel. Louisiana ranks second in the nation in oil production. The state contains just under 10 percent of all known US oil reserves. The state produces just over one-quarter of all US natural gas supplies.

Louisiana's commercial fishing industry catches about 25 percent of all seafood caught in America. It is the nation's largest producer of shrimp and oysters.

Louisiana Agriculture:

Seafood, cotton, soybeans, cattle, sugarcane, poultry and eggs, dairy products, rice.

Louisiana Industry:

Chemical products, petroleum and coal products, food processing, transportation equipment, paper products, tourism.

The total gross state product in 2003 for Louisiana was $140 billion. Its Per Capita Personal Income was $26,312, forty-third in the United States. The state's principal agricultural outputs include seafood (It is the biggest producer of crawfish/crayfish in the world), cotton, soybeans, cattle, sugarcane, poultry and eggs, dairy products, and rice. Its industrial outputs include chemical products, petroleum and coal products, food processing, transportation equipment, paper products, and tourism.

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A central feature of the US economy is a reliance on private decision-making ("economic freedom") in economic decision-making. This is enhanced by relatively low levels of regulation, taxation, and government involvement, as well as a court system that generally protects property rights and enforces contracts.

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