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The population of Louisiana went from 4,468,979 to 4,601,893 from 2000 to 2012 for a total growth of 132,914. The population of the United States for that same time period went from 282,171,957 to 313,914,040 for a total population growth of 31,742,083. Louisiana had a total percentage growth for those 12 years of 3.0 percent which was much slower than the overall United States total percentage growth which was 11.2 over those same years. The trends of growth for both the United States and Louisiana can be seen on the logarithmic graph below. A big dip in the population can been seen from 2005 to 2006 when hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Many people left the state due to the hardship associated with the hurricane.
Population of Louisiana and the United States Annually from 2000 to 2012
Territory
7/1/2012
7/1/2011
7/1/2010
7/1/2009
7/1/2008
7/1/2007
7/1/2006
7/1/2005
7/1/2004
7/1/2003
7/1/2002
7/1/2001
7/1/2000
United States
313,914,040
311,591,917
309,330,219
307,006,550
304,374,846
301,579,895
298,593,212
295,753,151
293,045,739
290,326,418
287,803,914
285,081,556
282,171,957
Louisiana
4,601,893
4,574,836
4,545,343
4,492,076
4,451,513
4,376,122
4,240,327
4,497,691
4,489,327
4,474,726
4,466,068
4,460,816
4,468,979

Annual Estimates and data of the Resident Population for the United States and States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 (NST-EST2009-01)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: December 2009
Annual Estimates of the Population for the United States and States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 (NST-EST2011-01)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Release Date: December 2011

Graph of population growth trend for Louisiana.

References:

Population Estimates, 2013, United States Census Bureau, http://www.census.gov/popest/data/historical/2010s/index.html

List of U.S. states and territories by population, 2013, Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population

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