Layoffs a stark reminder that Central Louisiana is not recession-proof

The long arm of the recession may not have delivered the same blow locally that it did to other communities around the nation, but it hasn't skipped over the area, either.

Just in the past few weeks, news has come that Central Louisiana could lose hundreds of jobs because of forces at play outside the area, including reductions in government jobs, the layoffs affecting all 300 employees at StarTek Inc.'s call center in Alexandria and the likely relocation of mail-processing operations from Alexandria to Shreveport.