Posted: Oct 6, 2012 2:15 AM by Trey Schmaltz, Rosa Flores
Updated: Oct 6, 2012 2:15 AM
WATSON- Ask the people who are out of work, and they'll tell you that a drop in the national unemployment numbers doesn't mean a thing. They're still looking, trying to find the job that will change their numbers- the ones in the bank account.
Davonna Ponthieu, is one of those people. She and her two kids live in Livingston Parish. Her husband died a little while ago. Then, she lost her job- an economic downturn meant her place of business couldn't afford her.
"I never thought I'd lose my job," said Ponthieu, an attorney.
She was a public defender.
"Crime is up... But with the cutbacks and everything; they had to cutback. And, I wasn't the only attorney to be let go."
So, instead of defending those arrested, her new full time job has her searching- searching for a new full time job; one that pays.
But, it's not easy. She has her kids, and a demanding schedule would mean she wouldn't see them.
"I don't want a job with a big firm...and not be home with my kids."
Friday, unemployment in the United States dropped to 7.8, the lowest since January 2009. In Louisiana, it's 7.3.