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Business and Job Growth In Monroe, Louisiana

Updated on February 22, 2014

Twin Cities Hub of Northeastern Louisiana

Monroe and West Monroe are twin cities that are the base the Greater Monroe Area in Northeastern Louisiana. They are central to Ouachita Parish (county) and halfway between cities New Orleans and Memphis, Tennessee.

Once under Spanish rule, Monroe City and area were governed by Jean Baptiste Filhiol after 1783, with Fort Miro constructed on today's city location in 1790. Hunting and trapping were prosperous. Some time after statehood and survival of the Civil War via prosperous agriculture, natural gas was discovered in 1915 and Monroe became the Natural Gas Capital of the World.

In the 21st century, the Twin Cities comprise the Medical Hub for 16 parishes, requiring a substantial number of new Healthcare and Medical employees yearly as the economy and the populations grow. Eight (8) hospitals operate in the area and jobs with these facilities can be found in a link, below right.

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Job Growth

A wide range of jobs have opened up in the Monroe-West Monroe area and will continue to increase through at least 2014. Healthcare and Medical jobs, including Mental Heath jobs will increase far beyond 2014.

The increasing need for Mainstream Preschool Teachersindicates a rapidly expanding local population, which will demand additional services that include Health & Medical.

The fact that Financial Analysts are Number One in growth indicates a healthy economy.

The Film Industry in growing in the Shreveport statistical area to the west of Monroe and this success is overflowing into Monroe, with related jobs in the 6th highest demand slot for new workers.

  1. Financial Analysts
  2. Hunters and Trappers
  3. Home Health Aides (HHAs)
  4. Mainstream Preschool Teachers
  5. Dental Assistants, Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants
  6. Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
  7. Occupational Therapists
  8. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  9. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts (IT)
  10. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics

Other Fast Growing Job Categories

  • Broadcast Technicians - related to the rise in Film and T in the area.
  • Surgeons
  • Producers and Directors - for the Film and TV Industries
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Education Program Administrators for Preschool and Child Care - relative to the need for Preschool Teachers in the Top 10 List above.
  • Construction and Building Inspectors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors, Psychiatric Technicians
  • Counter and Rental Clerks
  • Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Monroe Area Festivals

Largest Area Employers

  • Graphic Packaging
  • CenturyTel - telephone communications
  • Chase Home Mortgage
  • Angus-Dow Chemical


ULM Monroe - Warkawks emblem statue.
ULM Monroe - Warkawks emblem statue. | Source

Area Sports

Lousiana Monroe Warhawks - College Football

Louisiana at Monroe Indians - after much debate and even some legal hassles, the team is allowed to keep it's name of "Indians."

Northwestern State Demons - in Natchitoches. How come no one ever complains about THAT mascot? :)

Monroe Moccasins (WPHL) - Hockey

Monroe Motor Speedway

AKC Dog Show Obstacle Course Winner with Music

Higher Education In the Twin Cities

Twin City Dragway

Poverty Point, Louisiana's Unique Attraction

Ancient Earthworks. (public domain aerial scan)
Ancient Earthworks. (public domain aerial scan)

Most Elaborate Earthworks in the World

The Poverty Point Archaeological Site in the Monroe region of Louisiana points to evidence of Native American peoples in the area from 1700 - 1000 BC. Their culture was extremely well developed from 1750 - 1350 BC, before the Mayans built their elaborate pyramids much further south. This was also fewer than 1000 years prior to the Egyptian pyramids' construction. As of 2008, this was all as long as 3700 years ago and the earthworks took 5,000,000 man- hours of labor to complete.

The earthworks left buy local Indigenous peoples around Monroe are the most complex and well built in the world. The peoples ran a metropolis as a water transportation hub for government, trade, and religion, connecting Indigenous setlements in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana; a three-state region. Implements and weapons come from as far away as Ohio and Tennessee. Monroe and West Monroe are today centers of urban commerce and water transport.

Poverty Point State Historic Site

6859 Highway 577,

Pioneer, Louisiana 71266

318-926-5492 or 888-926-5492

A more recent nation called Koroa lived with the Yazoo Nation near the Monroe region, but merged with the Choctaw nation and were assimilated. However, their language differed from all other tribes in the area, so they must have come fomr elsewhere. They lived in rounded hut-like structures.


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