Houma-Thibodaux gained 400 jobs in March but was down 4,100 compared to a year earlier, the latest state figures show.

The metro area, comprised of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, has lost jobs year-to-year for 13 straight months, according to the latest report from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The latest figures compare current job totals to those in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Louisiana and the state enacted restrictions on social gatherings and business aimed at curbing the virus’s spread.

Houma-Thibodaux posted a 5.7% unemployment rate in March, down from 6.2% in February but up from 5% percent a year earlier.

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Before the pandemic hit, the area was just beginning to recover from an oil bust that started in 2014, stripping an estimated 25,000 jobs from the economy.