The Houma metro area’s January unemployment rate of 3.7 percent is the lowest in the country, with Lafayette not far behind. The Lafayette metro, which includes St. Martin Parish, is 3.9 percent — creating quite a gap with Baton Rouge, the next lowest in the state.
Unemployment rates were higher in January of this year versus January 2008 in 371 of the 372 metro areas and unchanged in one area, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported yesterday. Fourteen areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15 percent, while 23 areas registered rates below 5 percent. The national unemployment rate in January was 8.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, up from 5.4 percent a year earlier.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.