As Pandemic Continues, Acadiana Economy Sees Positive Rebound

Acadiana - Economies around the country took a hit during the start of the covid-19 pandemic. Over a year-and-a-half later and many have begun to rebound, including Acadiana.

While some economies were hit harder than others, CEO of One Acadiana, Troy Wayman says the impact of the pandemic on the Acadiana economy was not as bad as projected.

"The actual impacts were not as significant as we expected them to be," Wayman said. "So, it was a little easier for us to rebound in 2021."

Just a month after the World Health Organization declared covid-19 a global pandemic, the effects on the economy were apparent.

According to One Acadiana, in April 2020 Louisiana saw a total loss of more than 286,000 jobs with the Lafayette Metropolitan Area accounting for more than 24,000 of those lost jobs.

"That’s significant for a community our size, but by the end of the year, we had already picked up over 10,000 of those back," Wayman said. "So, we came back pretty quick towards the end of the year."

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