Reversing his fall prediction of a loss of 3,800 jobs for Lafayette over the next two years, Scott now expects a gain of 2,500 jobs over the same period, or an uptick of just under 1 percent each year. That's the message delivered earlier this week at an awards breakfast for top performers at Van Eaton & Romero Real Estate.
Scott admits he expected a bigger drop in employment following the BP oil spill. "The big layoffs didn't happen," he says. "In part I think it's because the workforce in the industry is aging. Operators realize that they can't replace that kind of experience quickly and decided to ride it out."
But he adds that with oil trading where it is today, job growth should be much more robust, in the 3-5 percent range. "To some degree, the losses are hidden. When oil is trading at $85-$90 a barrel, Lafayette and Houma should be rocking," he says, noting that Houma lost jobs throughout 2010, showing a small gain in December, and Lafayette numbers were down slightly. Still the new prognostication was welcome news to the room full of Realtors, who were celebrating VER's 2010 closed dollar volume of $378 million and 34 years in business.
1,595 rigs were exploring for oil and 332 for gas. A year ago there were 1,738 active rigs.
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Local developer’s Lake Charles Gardens LLC purchases buildings and leases; land still owned by Dugas family.
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ABiz celebrates another class of Acadiana's most influential female trailblazers, the Lourdes Foundation honors a local philanthropist and MedExpress in Opelousas celebrates its 22nd year as the “little ambulance service that could.”
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A maritime case originating in Lafayette federal court could become a game changer for the oil and gas industry.
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In late September Cleco and UL Lafayette showed off the Cleco Alternative Energy Center, where researchers explore ways to generate power by using renewable resources.
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