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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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. check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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. check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    November 30, 2012 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 24 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,705 from the previous week's total of 2,875. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Obama: New jobs growth part of 'real progress'; Romney calls it 'stagnation'

    November 2, 2012 12:22 PM

    HILLIARD, Ohio - President Barack Obama is hailing another month of job growth but declaring "we've got more work to do." Falling just four days before Tuesday's election, the government's latest employment snapshot shows U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October. It also shows hiring was stronger in August and... more »
  • Hurricane Sandy could delay October jobs report

    October 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hurricane Sandy could complicate Friday's release of the October jobs report, the final snapshot of employment before the presidential election. U.S. Labor Department officials are still hopeful that they can release the report as scheduled. But they acknowledged that the storm could cause a delay. "Our intention is... more »
  • Louisiana 1st-time jobless claims increase

    June 15, 2012 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 9 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,272 from the previous week's total of 4,177. The figure was below what it was... more »
  • More than seven in 10 US teens jobless in summer

    June 12, 2012 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing. Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs such as running cash registers, mowing lawns or busing restaurant tables from June to August. Employment for 16-to-19-year olds has fallen to the lowest level... more »
  • State 1st-time jobless claims increase

    May 25, 2012 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 19 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,547 from the previous week's total of 3,394. The figure was lower than it was for... more »
  • New casino hosts more job fairs

    May 15, 2012 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new L'Auberge casino in Baton Rouge announced two new job fairs this week for people interested in working at the attraction. Tomorrow, May 16, L'Auberge will hear for food and beverage positions. This Friday, May 18, they'll hold another event for hotel and hospitality positions.... more »
  • Lawmakers question VA's plans to hire more staff

    May 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    WASHINGTON- Federal lawmakers are casting doubts on the adequacy of the Department of Veterans Affairs' plans to hire 1,900 additional workers to improve access to mental health care. Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House committee with jurisdiction over veterans' issues, said the VA's plans looked like a knee-jerk reaction... more »
  • National Guard members return from deployment check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 23, 2011 11:52 AM

    CARVILLE - Family members welcomed home 120 members of the Louisiana National Guard this morning after a one-year deployment to Afghanistan. Gov. Bobby Jindal was also on hand as the 415th Military Intelligence Unit arrived in Carville this morning. "Many mothers and fathers have been away from their... more »
  • Congress easily OKs bill for vets, contractors

    November 16, 2011 5:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans, finally giving President Barack Obama the chance to sign the first, tiny shred of his $447 billion jobs bill into law. The House consented to the popular legislation Wednesday 422-0 as Democrats and Republicans rallied... more »
  • Louisiana Workforce at a Glance

    September 13, 2011 5:10 PM

    Click here to read the Louisiana Workforce Commission's report on employment and unemployment rates for July 2011. more »
  • Louisiana job growth picks up a bit

    June 22, 2011 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite some headwinds hitting the national economy, Louisiana's job growth picked up slightly in May. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Wednesday that the state recorded 15,000 non-farm jobs more last month than in May 2010, including a jump of 10,200 from April. The numbers are not... more »
  • Golden arches offer golden opportunity

    April 19, 2011 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- McDonald's plans to hire 50,000 new workers to work at its U.S. restaurants. The one-day hiring spree includes crew and management positions. Chris Valluzzo, a local owner and operator of McDonald's, says the restaurants expect to interview several thousand people from the Baton Rouge area today. ... more »
  • La. gains more than 26,000 non-farm jobs in 2010

    January 25, 2011 2:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana labor officials say the state added 26,300 non-farm jobs in 2010. Figures from the state Workforce Commission show, though, that Louisiana still had 42,200 fewer jobs last month than in December 2008 - three months after the national economic meltdown began. Louisiana lost 900... more »
  • First-time jobless claims down in Louisiana

    January 21, 2011 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for jobless benefits in Louisiana decreased for the week ending Jan. 15. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 4,999 initial unemployment filings for the week, down from the previous week's total of 6,503. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,606 from... more »
  • Louisiana job growth rises in November

    December 21, 2010 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's employment growth rose a bit last month as the state recorded 22,800 more non-farm jobs than in November 2009, the state Workforce Commission announced Tuesday. The state's net gain of 22,800 jobs for the year, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, brings the total number... more »
  • Louisiana sees employment jump

    November 23, 2010 4:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State labor officials say Louisiana's employment growth pace has risen a bit in October as the state recorded 19,200 non-farm jobs more than in October 2009. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Tuesday that over the past 12 months, 17,900 jobs have been added to the service sector.... more »
  • Job openings drop sharply in September

    November 9, 2010 10:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - Job openings dropped sharply in September, a sign that hiring is likely to remains weak over the next several months. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 2.9 million jobs at the end of September. That's a drop of 163,000, or 5.3 percent from the previous... more »
  • Unemployment dips slightly in Louisiana last week

    September 10, 2010 2:20 PM

    First-time claims for unemployment payments dropped about 1 percent last week in Louisiana. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says there were 4,083 initial claims for the week ending Sept. 4. That's down from the previous week's tally of 4,120. The four-week moving average of first-time claims also fell last week to... more »
  • Union Tank Car adding workers at Louisiana plant

    August 10, 2010 8:46 AM

    Union Tank Car Co. was planning to hire 80 to 100 new workers at its Alexandria plant- a move that will still have the manufacturer below peak employment. Company officials said the exact number of new workers will depend upon the state of the economy. They also said... more »
  • State to help in finding post-spill employment

    May 28, 2010 8:45 PM

    The Louisiana Workforce Commission will have four mobile units helping people with employment problems stemming from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The units will be open Saturday and Monday in St. Bernard, Lafitte, Grand Isle and Cut Off, followed by additional services Tuesday through Friday. Starting Tuesday and running... more »
  • Owners of medical staffing firm arrested for fraud

    May 19, 2010 5:22 AM

    The owners of First Choice Medical Staffing in Ville Platte have been arrested on a fraud charge. Brett McElwee and Daniel Fuselier surrendered at the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Investigators say McElwee and Fuselier under-reported their company's payroll and number of employees in order to cut the cost... more »
  • State shows 6,500 job gain over month

    April 21, 2010 4:06 PM

    Louisiana experienced some post-recession economic rebound in March as the state added 6,500 non-farm jobs. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says that on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, goods-producing employment - including petroleum, manufacturing and construction - shed 3,200 jobs, while the service providing-sector picked up 9,700. With seasonal factors... more »

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