Houma-Thibodaux lost 2,800 jobs over the 12 months ending Sept. 30, new figures show.
The area, comprised of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, lost more jobs than any Louisiana metro area except Shreveport, which was down 3,000 over the year, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
Jobs remained steady locally from August to September, the figures show.
The area continues to struggle from a Gulf of Mexico oil bust that started in mid-2014. Since then, more than 25,000 fewer people have jobs locally, state figures show, a loss of more than one of every four. The U.S. industry has rebounded along with oil prices, but job growth has been limited mostly to inland shale fields, where drilling is quicker and less