UL’s Acadiana Business Economist Endowed Chair Gary Wagner’s quarterly economic forecast shows a local and state economy still struggling to recover in the face of increasing national headwinds.
After crashing from 2014-2016, Lafayette Parish’s GDP had shown signs of recovery. Then 2020 happened, blowing a billion dollar hole in Lafayette’s economy.
A generational challenge has no easy solutions. But there are opportunities to pivot using what we already have at our disposal.
Few will admit it out loud: What has been Lafayette’s most important economic sector will likely never recover the ground it lost.
The latest WARN update from the state includes 36 layoffs at Halliburton in Broussard, 180 losses at ASRC Omega’s Port of Iberia operations, 350 cuts at Turner Industries in Port Allen and an undisclosed workforce reduction for ENSCO’s Gulf of Mexico operations.