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Link to theadvertiser.com Unemployment rate rising in Louisiana’s big cities (opens in new window)

Unemployment in the Lafayette metro area ticked up .4 points in 2022. The region also saw the sharpest decline in labor force in the state, shedding 1,700 workers.

All of Louisiana’s nine metro areas’ unemployment rates increased from November to December 2022 as well, with the state seeing its rate increase for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to lailluminator.com Jeff Landry’s ‘protecting minors’ tip line flooded with thousands of spam complaints (opens in new window)

More than 5,500 pages of complaints were released to the Louisiana Illuminator in response to a public records request. The records include all complaints submitted during the seven-day period immediately following the tip line’s inception on Nov. 28, 2022.

The vast majority of complaints submitted to the tip line were spam. Dozens of users submitted the entire script of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Bee Movie.”

Source: Louisiana Illuminator

Link to katc.com Lafayette citizen removed from library board meeting (opens in new window)

Melanie Brevis, co-founder of Lafayette Citizens Against Censorship, was reading a prepared statement during the public comment section of the meeting when Robert Judge, the board’s chair, informed her she was “out of order.”

Two Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputies, who were paid security at the meeting, approached her and escorted her out of the meeting.

Source: KATC