"It doesn't make sense when you see all the things that are happening," said George Swift, president and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.
said the numbers also do not take into account the 2,000 workers hired at the Golden Nugget casino, which opened earlier this month.
"We're going to be leading the nation in job creation and growth; that's what I'm focused on," he
"I think that anyone who wants a job will be able to find one, and the more skills they have, the better chance they are going to find one."
The rising unemployment rates could be an indication that more people are coming to the area quicker than they can find jobs.
said there's "no doubt" people who are coming to the Lake Area are looking for work.
"All you have to do is look at the license tags and notice people are coming here," he
said people looking for work should make sure they have the skills and training necessary to get hired.
said job fields like construction, health care, accounting and technology will all need new hires.
"It's pretty much the entire range of workers," Swift