Houma Office of Workers Compensation
Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation
Judge Elizabeth Lanier
Julia DeFusco, Mediator
Debra Duplantis, DRS
8026 Main Street, Suite 404
Houma, LA 70360-3407
Phone: (985) 857-3775
Toll-free: (800) 262-1497
Fax: (985) 857-3781
Louisiana Workers Compensation State Office and Louisiana Workers Compensation Court serving the following Parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Iberia, Lafourche, St Charles, St Martin, St James, St Mary, Terrebonne
Houma, the largest city in southern Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish, exists primarily due to the area’s geographical benefits, natural resources and the fecundity of the land. Not only is Houma located near the Gulf of Mexico, and home to a vast array of seafood, but the swamps and bayous have allowed numerous forms of agriculture to flourish for centuries, including both the smaller subsistence farming of the Houmas Indians and large scale cash crops such as sugar cane. While the region economically moved away from agriculture in the 20th century, the importance of farming, fishing and natural production continues to be seen in Houma.
As with many Louisiana towns, the oil boom that began to gain steam in the late 1920s gripped Houma and dominated its market for much of the century. Oil and petroleum accounted for the majority of the area’s revenue, and jobs, during this period. It is still the industrial forerunner in Houma and Terrebonne Parish; however, its omnipotence was shaken by the national oil bust in the 1980s. Other forms of industrial manufacturing have supplemented the economy of Houma, including metals production and, notable, maritime production. Houma’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico has stimulated this industry, in addition to bolstering the region’s transportation industry.
Houma’s economy remains inextricably tied to agriculture and, most importantly, the fishing industry. While fishing does not represent the biggest contributor of capital, it provides employment and a source of livelihood for many of the area’s inhabitants. As such, the recent disaster Hurricane Gustav and the BP oil crisis have had a crippling effect on Houma, and the parish as a whole. The diversification of Houma’s economy after the 1980s tempers the current situation to a degree, by allowing other employment outlets for individuals who find themselves out of work due to the disasters. Tourism and retail, for example, have emerged as serious assets to the city’s economy and prominent employers. The fact remains, however, that fishing and agriculture are vital to the survival of Houma, and as these two lifelines falter, the industry, economy and culture of Houma will do the same. Further recovery from Hurricane Gustav and the devastation of the oil spill is needed before the city can regain economic and industrial stability.
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