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  • Sexually-harassed employees say state won't help them Play Video

    October 30, 2017 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of people say their employer sexually harassed them, but they quickly found out there's little help from the state about their case. They called 2 On Your Side to help shed light on a prevalent topic. The four people who came forward to WBRZ... more »
  • Two Southern officials fired as school retools

    September 7, 2017 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University fired two high profile administrators at the school, WBRZ learned Thursday. Dean of Students Marcus Coleman and Project Director Dr. Vaneshette Henderson were both notified on September 1, 2017, that the University was severing ties with them. Both employees last day with the University is... more »
  • New York City bans employers from requesting salary history

    May 5, 2017 8:28 AM

    NEW YORK - New York City's mayor has signed a bill into law making it illegal for employers to ask applicants about their salary history. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the measure Thursday. The mayor says the new law will help eliminate the gender wage gap by ensuring women... more »
  • Trump embraces jobs numbers he once scorned

    March 10, 2017 3:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is embracing numbers he once maligned as "phony" as he tries to take credit for the latest jobs report. The new administration on Friday praised new Labor Department statistics that show U.S. employers added 235,000 jobs in February. The unemployment also rate dipped to a... more »
  • Facebook tweaks race-based ad targeting policy

    November 11, 2016 3:48 PM

    NEW YORK - Facebook says it will no longer allow advertisers to use ethnicity as a filter when it comes to targeting or hiding ads offering housing, employment or credit. The changes come after ProPublica reported that , besides hobbies and interests, advertisers could exclude specific races from seeing their... more »
  • Economist: Louisiana job numbers down, hitting state coffers

    November 10, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's $315 million deficit from last year was mainly driven by continuing dips in private sector employment that are driving down personal income and business tax collections. That's the grim assessment delivered Thursday to the state's income forecasting panel, the Revenue Estimating Conference. The Legislature's chief economist,... more »
  • Jailer fired over sexual harassment complaint

    September 6, 2016 1:51 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office jailer was fired following a sexual harassment complaint, WBRZ learned Tuesday. The department declined to release the former employee's name, but said an internal investigation was conducted and the jailer was released from their employment. The jailer touched another... more »
  • Affected parishes eligible for disaster unemployment assistance

    August 16, 2016 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President Barack Obama granted a major disaster declaration for 12 Louisiana parishes, making disaster unemployment assistance available to businesses and residents whose employment was lost or interrupted as a result of the recent flooding. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for disaster unemployment assistance from residents... more »
  • Layoffs planned in Gov. Edwards' office to balance budget

    July 13, 2016 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Layoff notifications have gone out to some of the employees of Gov. John Bel Edwards' office. Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said Wednesday the governor's office will reduce its staff to cope with a $1 million budget cut for the financial year that began July 1. Some employees... more »
  • US hiring falls to worst in 5 years; rate drops to 4.7 pct.

    June 3, 2016 9:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. hiring plunged in May to its lowest level in more than 5 years, a sign that employers turned cautious after the economy barely expanded in the first three months of the year. The Labor Department says employers added just 38,000 jobs last month, the fewest since September... more »
  • Senate kills LGBT anti-discrimination hiring bill

    May 24, 2016 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate has killed a New Orleans senator's bid to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, with no debate from lawmakers against the bill. The chamber voted 25-8 against advancing the measure to the House for debate. Only one Republican senator voted... more »
  • High court ruling helps federal workers file job bias claims

    May 23, 2016 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is making it easier for federal workers to file employment discrimination lawsuits after quitting their jobs over conditions they consider intolerable. The justices ruled 7-1 Monday that workers who bring so-called "constructive discharge" claims have 45 days from the time they resign to begin... more »
  • Time is running out for teens looking for summer jobs Play Video

    May 4, 2016 7:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you are teen looking for a summer job, time is running out. As summer starts and kids get a break from the classrooms, Family and Youth Service Center Executive Director Roxson Welch is often concerned about the lack of positive activities during the summer-time. ... more »
  • Survey: US businesses add jobs at slowest pace in 3 years

    May 4, 2016 9:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. companies added jobs at the slowest pace in three years in April, a private survey found, a sign that slower growth and volatile financial markets could weigh on hiring. Payroll processor ADP says that businesses added 156,000 jobs in April, down from 194,000 in March. Manufacturers shed... more »
  • 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 »

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