BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An economic impact study was done by economist, Dr. Loren Scott, to determine ExxonMobil's impact on the Baton Rouge area. The study included the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery, Chemical Plant, Plastics Plant, Polyolefins Plant, and Port Allen Lubricants Plant.
The results indicate that ExxonMobil makes quite the impact on the Baton Rouge community, with every one out of eight jobs in the area tracing back to Exxon. To be more specific, 35,742 Louisiana residents have jobs thanks to Exxon. The Baton Rouge Refinery is also the largest manufacturing employer in Louisiana and the fourth largest in the nation. The facility pumps a lot of money into the community as well, with an annual payroll of $491 million.
ExxonMobil is also a big taxpayer, the biggest in East Baton Rouge Parish, paying more than $1 billion in state and local taxes over the last decade and over $100 million on an annual basis.
Dr. Scott presented these results at a breakfast event Thursday morning. Many local civic, community, and political leaders were in attendance.