New employment gains and losses numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) paint a grim picture for Louisiana, which remains in the throes of an oil bust that has been slow to improve. According to BLS, the largest over-the-year decreases in employment (total jobs) occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana (−8,800) and Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (−6,600). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Casper, Wyoming (−9.5 percent), followed by Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana (−7.2 percent); and Lafayette, Louisiana (−4.3 percent). Lake Charles was a bright spot in the data though; it experienced a +5.3 percent increase in over-the-year employment.
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