In Ville Platte, more than 70 people are looking for a new job after being laid off from the Cameron Schlumberger Plant.
The layoffs are affecting so many in Evangeline Parish, including resident Jarred Leger’s cousin.
“He was probably there every bit of 20 years,” Leger said. “He worked there forever and they just laid him off. Not even given a notice.”
Most believe a downturn in the oil and gas industry is to blame.
“It’s getting bad,” Leger said. ” You start getting laid off, you just don’t known when something is going to pick off. The economy is down and work is slow.”
State and local services are hoping to make the transition as easy as possible for the displaced workers.
The parish’s chamber of commerce is partnering with the state’s Rapid Response Team.
“We want to find those resources and help them get back on their feet,” said Renee Brown with the Evangeline Parish Chamber of Commerce.
She added, “That’s where they help to work with displaced workers who are ready or need to become aware of benefits available. It’s to help them as quickly as possible with re-employment. Plus provide some support services that are necessary in this time.”
The event is scheduled Tuesday, March 12th at Ville Platte’s Northside Civic Center.
The Rapid Response Orientation for the displaced workers will begin at 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
The Job fair is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.