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Study Says Louisiana is the Second Most Unsafe State in America

With National Safety Month underway, people across the country are taking a look at how their state protects them against assaults, violent crimes, climate disasters, and hazards at work and on the road. According to a new study, Louisiana ranked second to last in the country, beating out only Mississippi for statewide safety. 


WalletHub released the 2017’s Safest States in America study on Tuesday, analyzing the fifty states on 37 key indicators like assaults per capita, unemployment rates, and loss from natural climate disasters. 


According to the findings, Louisiana ranked 40th on the list for personal and residential safety, which analyzes per capita rates of murder, rapes, thefts, drug abuses, suicide, elder-abuse, and assaults. Despite the low overall score, this finding also accounts for statewide police presence. Though the NOPD is experiencing a near-decade long “manpower shortage,” the study reported that Louisiana has the most law enforcement employees per capita in the country, with 495.97 per 100,000 residents. 


Louisiana ranked dead last in the country for financial safety, an indicator that examines job security, poverty rates, and unemployment/underemployment rates. This finding comes just one day after WalletHub reported that Louisiana has the second worst state economy in the U.S. WalletHub noted that through the data used in this study, Louisiana ranked as the third highest unemployment rate in the country, behind New Mexico (in first) and Alaska. 


The study also found that Louisiana ranked 20th for road safety and 47th for workplace safety. A more in-depth metric analyzed the number of fatalities while on the job. Louisiana tied with Arkansas in fifth place for the highest number of fatal occupational injuries per total workers. 


Further data found that Louisiana was 49th in America for emergency preparedness, which examines total loss from climate disasters and natural events that resulted in over $1 billion in damages. The state tied with Iowa, South Dakota, Mississippi, and North Dakota for the highest total loss amount from climate disasters per capita in the country. 


Check out WalletHub's graphic below to see where all the states rank. 

Source: WalletHub

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