The Lafayette region lost 500 jobs in July compared to last year, making it the only metro area in the state to see a drop.
According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission figures, the Lafayette metro area also lost 800 jobs from June to July.
Despite the numbers, local economic leaders aren’t worried.
“Month to month is really not a good indicator, year to year is not always a good indicator if you are just picking out two months as we were in this case. You have to look at the trend over time, and the trend over time is that we are gaining our jobs back, but it’s slow. The oil and gas industry has gone through a global crisis,” said Gregg Gothreaux LEDA President and CEO.