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  • LGBT anti-discrimination employment bill advances in Senate

    April 28, 2016 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators advanced a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, moments after an initial vote appeared to stall the measure in committee. Sen. Regina Barrow, a Baton Rouge Democrat, changed her vote Thursday to move the bill out of the Senate... more »
  • BRCC to host job expo for students

    April 7, 2016 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A local community college is helping students figure out what they want to do before entering the job market. Baton Rouge Community College is hosting it's annual Career Day on Thursday. All current and former BRCC students are invited to the event which will feature several local businesses.... more »
  • Survey: US companies added strong 200,000 jobs in March

    March 30, 2016 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. companies added a solid 200,000 jobs in March, buoyed by strong gains in construction, retail and shipping, according to a private survey. Payroll processor ADP says that financial services firms also posted solid gains, while manufacturing employment barely rose. The figures suggest the U.S. economy is continuing... more »
  • Variety of factors prevent some workers from working longer

    February 17, 2016 11:21 AM

    YPSILANTI, Mich. - Increasing numbers of Americans are expecting to work well past the traditional retirement age, and in some cases they are dismissing the idea of retirement altogether. But health and a variety of other factors often get in the way of those expectations. The University of Michigan's Health... more »
  • Advocates to push for 'ban the box' policy in Alabama

    January 19, 2016 11:57 AM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An Alabama lawmaker and an advocacy group are planning to push state lawmakers in the upcoming session to discuss "ban the box" policies, which are meant to give ex-criminals a better chance of finding stable employment. According to the advocacy group National Employment Law Project, 19 states... more »
  • Number of jobs in state down compared with last year

    December 30, 2015 6:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Total civilian employment in Louisiana dropped by more than 30,000 from November 2014 to November 2015. Figures released Wednesday by the state's Louisiana Workforce Commission and adjusted to account for seasonal changes showed the number of civilians employed at just over 2.008 million in November. That's... more »
  • US adds healthy 211,000 jobs, making rate hike appear virtually certain

    December 4, 2015 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's even less doubt now that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month. The government says November brought some more hiring, with employers adding 211,000 jobs. The unemployment rate remained a low 5 percent for a second straight month. More Americans began looking for jobs... more »
  • Older workers seeking options for reducing hours on the job

    November 23, 2015 5:25 AM

    UNDATED- Many aging baby boomers are caught between a desire to work less and a labor market that just isn't ready to let them go. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people 65 and older who are still working in some capacity is higher now than... more »
  • Louisiana payroll numbers shrink, flashing recession warning

    November 21, 2015 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's labor market slipped in October, as the unemployment rate rose and payroll employment fell. Payrolls fell 6,000 from September. Crucially, payrolls also dipped below last October's level, a warning that the state's economy may be shrinking. A separate survey shows the jobless rate rose to 6.2... more »
  • State's online jobs portal will be offline Nov. 4-9

    October 31, 2015 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's online jobs portal will soon be taken offline for a major upgrade. The Helping Individuals Reach Employment portal will be taken offline at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the portal will remain down until Monday, Nov. 9, at the latest. People claiming unemployment... more »
  • US job openings soar to record high of 5.8 million in July

    September 9, 2015 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of available jobs jumped sharply in July to the highest level in 15 years, evidence that confident employers sought to step up hiring to meet greater demand for their goods and services. The Labor Department says job openings soared 8 percent to 5.75 million, the... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    August 14, 2015 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 8 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,445 from the previous week's total of 2,479. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Striking refinery workers will be back to work soon

    March 12, 2015 10:52 PM

    CONVENT - Members of the United Steelworkers union could be back inside a refinery here and others, including the one in Norco, since an agreement has been reached with Shell. A six-week strike has affected 12 refineries in the United States. The deal between the USW and Royal Dutch... more »
  • Initial claims for unemployment fall

    February 20, 2015 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 14 decreased to 2,522 from the previous week's total of 2,939. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,993 initial claims, officials said Friday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise

    December 29, 2014 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 20 increased to 2,531 from the previous week's total of 2,506. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,578 initial claims, officials said Monday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Job availability at an all-time high in state Play Video

    December 5, 2014 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Labor Department said 2014 is "on track" to being strongest year for hiring since 1999. Job hiring in Louisiana is no different. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, there are more jobs this year than at any other point in the state's history. ... more »
  • BRAC forsees historic economic growth around B.R. Play Video

    November 18, 2014 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Chamber said they see an all-time high for employment in the Baton Rouge region's future. Adam Knapp presented BRAC's economic outlook for 2015 Tuesday. The forecast shows a historic rise in employment. "Almost every indicator you can find points to an... more »
  • US job openings rising in August as hiring falls

    October 7, 2014 10:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years during August, yet their pace of hiring fell compared to July. The Labor Department says that available jobs rose 230,000 to 4.84 million in August. Restaurants, hotels and health care providers drove much of the increase, which... more »
  • La. jobless rate rises even as more have jobs

    September 19, 2014 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate jumped again in August, as job seekers flood into the labor force faster than they can find jobs. The state's jobless rate rose to 5.8 percent, up for the fourth straight month. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in July, but remains below... more »
  • Ascension plant workers part of $4 million settlement

    September 17, 2014 10:19 PM

    GEISMAR - More than 200 workers for Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC in Ascension Parish will get overtime back wages paid to them after a settlement between the two companies and the federal government. A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the companies violated the Fair Labor... more »
  • EBR Head Start program to hold Aug. 29 job fair

    August 22, 2014 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Head Start Program and EmployBR will host a job fair to fill immediate openings for a number of positions the program urgently needs. The job fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the EmployBR... more »
  • US jobless aid applications fall

    August 7, 2014 8:05 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as jobless claims remain at relatively low levels that point toward stronger economic growth. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000. The prior week's was revised up slightly to 303,000.... more »
  • Livingston Parish focused on Juban Crossing jobs Play Video

    July 28, 2014 5:07 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - With the Juban Crossing retail development nearing its grand opening, Livingston Parish is setting its sights on the jobs it will create for parish residents. The $350 million development includes 400,000 square feet of leased space so far. The retail center is set to open phase... more »
  • 60,000 jobs needed in Louisiana through 2015 Play Video

    June 10, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 60,000 jobs are needed in Louisiana, by next year. The Louisiana Workforce Commission announced the top industries for job growth in the state, construction and engineering are at the top of that list. Through 2015, those two industries alone are expected to grow by... more »
  • New Roads to get seniors involved

    May 22, 2014 6:58 AM

    NEW ROADS - City of New Roads Mayor Robert Myer has announced a Senior Citizens Employment Program. It will give people 62-years and older the chance to earn more, use their skills and develop new ones, all while doing meaningful work in the city. Twelve people will be chosen... more »
  • Louisiana tops 2 million employed

    April 18, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has set another all-time high in March, with more than 2 million people saying they have a job. It's the six month in a row that the state has set a record. The state's unemployment rate for March is 4.5 percent, the same as it... more »
  • U.S. not close to full employment

    March 19, 2014 7:49 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Chairman of the Federal Reserve says the job market is not where its supposed to be, even though the unemployment rate dropped a full percentage point over the last year to 6.7%. Janet Yellen says the economy is "not close to full employment" as the Fed ended a... more »
  • Bill proposes $10 minimum wage for La. Play Video

    February 21, 2014 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposed law would add Louisiana to the 21 states that have a minimum wage higher than the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. Louisiana currently follows the federal minimum wage rate. Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb pre-filed Senate Bill No. 46 for the upcoming session, which would change... more »
  • Council: If you live there, you can't work here Play Video

    December 11, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Five Baton Rouge Metro Council members are proposing the city-parish only hire employees who live within city limits or in unincorporated areas of the parish. The proposal would exclude anyone living in Central, Zachary, Baker and the proposed City of St. George from working for city government.... more »
  • La. jobless rate flat as payrolls dip slightly

    August 19, 2013 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate held steady at 7 percent in July. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly for the second straight month. Both sets of figures - adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes - were released Monday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.... more »
  • Jobs added but unemployment rate edges up in La.

    June 21, 2013 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate edged up in May to 6.8 percent from 6.4 percent in April, even as the state added 6,100 private sector jobs over the month - and 28,000 over the year. Figures released Friday by state and federal labor officials showed non-farm employment in Louisiana... more »
  • Survey: Low-wage workers gloomy about future

    March 20, 2013 7:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new survey says many Americans earning $35,000 a year or less view their jobs as a dead end. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey polled lower-wage workers and employers. Sixty-seven percent of the workers said they see "a little" or "no opportunity"... more »
  • Young veterans struggle to find employment

    February 19, 2013 8:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Younger military veterans who served in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks are having a hard time finding work. The unemployment rate for veterans between 18 and 24 exceeded 20 percent last year. It was also in double digits for those 25-34. The unemployment rate for both... more »
  • US economy adds 155K jobs, rate stays at 7.8 pct.

    January 4, 2013 6:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during tense fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate stayed at 7.8 percent last month. November's rate was revised higher from an initially reported 7.7 percent. ... more »

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