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Economic Downturn in Lafayette (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-04-04

Duration: 00:08:21

Subjects: Economy | OIL INDUSTRY


  • Johnson, Ken Host
  • Myers, Laura Reporter
  • Seale, Leslie Interviewee
  • Berard, Dailey Interviewee
  • Henderson, Rex Interviewee
  • Conerly, Judy Interviewee
  • Thistlethwaite, Linda Interviewee
  • Simmons, Margaret Interviewee
  • Thomas, Ralph Interviewee


This segment from the April 4, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Laura Myers’ report on the declining economy in Lafayette due to the downturn in the oil industry. Myers reports that there are 9,000 unemployed workers in Lafayette. She interviews: Leslie Seale, consultant; Dailey Berard of UNIFAB, Inc.; Rex Henderson, landman; Judy Conerly, court reporter; Linda Thistlethwaite, unemployed oil industry worker; Margaret Simmons, unemployed oil industry worker; and Ralph Thomas of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.