Jobless rates drop from September to October

The unemployment rate in Louisiana dropped to 5.9 percent in October, down from 6.7 percent in September, according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
St. Landry Parish’s unemployment rate in October was 7.8 percent, down from 8.8 percent in September, but up from 7.7 percent in October 2015.
Acadia Parish’s October jobless rate was 7.2 percent, down from 8.2 percent in September, but up from 6.7 percent in October 2015.

Lisa Fuselier is the facilitator at the Eunice Career & Technical Education Center on 10th Street. The schools offers high school students an opportunity to learn work place skills before graduating. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

Jessie Folse and Shania Decoux practice feeding in the certified nursing assistant class.

The Eunice Career & Technical Education Center at 421 S. 10th St., Eunice.

One of Eunice’s hidden jewels: Eunice Career & Technical Education Center

There may be many jewels in Eunice — Liberty Theater, LSUE, the walking trail — but there is one that is so off the  beaten track that most people don’t know it is there.
That jewel is the Eunice Career & Technical Education Center at 421 S. 10th St.
Don’t expect to see a school at the location. The building looks more like an old barn or warehouse.
‘We love to see people’s faces when they come in the front door because it looks like a barn and it was a barn,” Aimee Summerlin, a secretary at the school said.

Mary Ann Guillory, Eunice Food Bank director, stands by empty shelves highlighting the need for donations. (Photo by Myra Miller)

Food Bank food drive planned

It’s that time of the year again, the annual Eunice Food Bank Food Drive.
The food drive is set ffrom 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the food bank location, 251 W. Park Ave., Eunice.
Mary Ann Guillory, director, said, “Please consider to give to those that are in need. The Eunice community has always come through during the past years and has always proven to be generous.”
She added, “Every little bit of help is appreciated. We appreciate your continued support at the food bank.”

Frozen turkeys at Champagne’s await a Thanksgiving table. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Thanksgiving dinner costing a little less

For the first time in four years, consumers can expect to pay a little less for their Thanksgiving meal.
 The American Farm Bureau Federation has conducted an informal price survey for the past 31 years on grocery items used to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal for 10 people. This year the price came in at $49.87, 20 cents less than the average cost in 2015.


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