The Natchitoches Advantage includes a diverse workforce and a healthy local economy. A prime location for trade and tourism, Natchitoches is the perfect blend of rich history and modern economy. As of 2016, Natchitoches Parish is estimated to have a Civilian Labor Force of 16,106. Natchitoches offers an excellent transportation network with a regional airport, interstate highways, ports, and railways. The top three employment sectors are Healthcare, Education (Education Fund & Early Childhood Education), and Manufacturing. Respectively, these three industries make up 15% of employees each; together, they represent just over 45% of the employment base in Natchitoches Parish.