Left-Brainiest States of the Union

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-05-14T14:41:54Z

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Louisiana ranked 42nd in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state has lost 0.11 percent of its science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs since 2001.

The ranking was based on STEM professionals as a percentage of:

Those nationwide (2012): 0.91%

The state's population (2011): 1.39%

The state's employed (2011): 3.27%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Louisiana was $69,439 in 2011. Petroleum engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $131,700.