Louisiana continues to see employment growth

More jobs coming to Lafayette

March 24, 2019 - 9:14 am

(WWL.com) - The recently released February employment numbers show nonfarm employment has grown for a 12th consecutive month. The Louisiana Workforce Commission there were 59-hundred nonfarm jobs in February 2019, compared to the previous February. L-W-C chief economist Ali Bustamante says the strongest industry is the education and health services industry.

“In February we actually reached a record high 320,900 folks working in these industries that’s actually 7,300 more than last year,” said Bustamante.

The number of health care jobs will continue to grow as LHC Group has broken ground on a Lafayette Home office that will create an additional 500 jobs in Acadiana. Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says LHC is the nation’s number two company for home health care.

“There were opportunities for them to consider Dallas, Atlanta or Nashville or some other location, but the company staunchly believes that the Louisiana, Lafayette location has the great potential for their growth,” said Pierson.

The LHC Group started in 1994 as a single home health agency in St. Landry Parish. It recently merged with Almost Family and now operates in 36 states. It’s 32-thousand employees deliver home health, hospice, home and community-based services to those 65 and older.

Pierson says Lafayette has seen some big economic wins recently with the announcement of a helicopter manufacturer coming to the airport and the expansion of Waitr.

“We’re really proud of the diversification of an economy where energy is important, will remain important, but we also bring in the jobs of tomorrow that surround that as well,” said Pierson.

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