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 June 2018, Natchitoches Parish is estimated to have a Civilian Labor Force of 16,294. Natchitoches offers an excellent transportation network with a regional airport, interstate highways, ports, and railways. The top three employment sectors are Healthcare, Education, and Manufacturing. Collectively, these three industries represent just over 45% of the employment base in Natchitoches Parish.
Additionally, Natchitoches Parish is a Certified Work Ready Community (learn more here), and through a variety of partnerships, leads the region–and in some cases, the state–in innovative programs in early childhood, workforce training, certificates, and industry partnerships.