With all of the political wrangling in Washington regarding sequestration, the actual human toll has been overlooked.
If the automatic budget cuts take place as planned on March
1st, almost 4,000 Louisiana jobs could be reduced or completely
The U.S. Army said that 3,139 civilian Army employees could
be given unpaid time off starting in April and 809 contractor jobs will be
eliminated. In dollar terms, sequestration would cause a $113 Million economic
loss for our state.
In addition, shipbuilding projects could be curtailed or
eliminated, directly impacting the Avondale shipyard. The direct impact on jobs
at Avondale is not known at this point.