In 2016, visitors to New Orleans spent $7.41 billion in our city, an increase of 5.1% over the previous year, which had also broken records. We also hosted a record number of visitors – nearly 10.5 million people came to enjoy all New Orleans has to offer. But New Orleans workers are left out of this success. Low wages predominate across sectors of the economy – from accommodation and food service, to retail, healthcare, education, and construction.
In a new report, The State of Working New Orleans – the Industries that Sustain the Status Quo, the WJP builds a picture of the poverty among working people in New Orleans and sets out recommendations for the next mayor to raise the living and working standards for ALL New Orleans residents.
Read the full report here The State of Working New Orleans