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  • Claims for jobless aid reach highest level since early 2015

    May 12, 2016 9:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Labor Department says the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February 2015, more sobering news for the labor market after a disappointing April jobs report. Applications for jobless aid rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 294,000. The... 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 »
  • Unemployment rates fall in 27 US states amid broad hiring

    December 18, 2015 11:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in more than half of U.S. states in November as employers stepped up hiring. The Labor Department says jobless rates fell in 27 states, rose in 11, and were unchanged in 12 states. Employers added jobs in 35 states, while employment fell in 14. Montana's... more »
  • More than half of US states report job losses in September

    October 20, 2015 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Most U.S. states reported jobs losses in September as slowing growth has weighed on hiring nationwide in the past two months. The Labor Department says hiring increased in just 20 states last month, the fewest since March. Twenty-seven states lost jobs and three reported no change. Still, unemployment... more »
  • Denham Springs looking to hire police officers Play Video

    September 30, 2015 5:58 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Denham Springs Police Department wants to hire more reserve police officers to patrol the streets of the city. Right now, the police department has five reserve officers. Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry wants to eventually have reserves riding in two-man units, especially on weekends. That way... more »
  • US hiring reaches six-month high in June; quits also rise

    August 12, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers filled more of their available jobs in June, evidence that steady if modest economic growth is putting more Americans to work. The Labor Department says total hiring rose 2.3 percent to 5.18 million in June, the highest in six months and second-highest total since the... more »
  • Number of US job openings jumped to a 15-year high in April

    June 9, 2015 11:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April than at any time in the 15 years that the government has tracked the data, a sign that this year's steady hiring will likely continue. The Labor Department says the number of open jobs at the end of April... more »
  • Unemployment rates fell in 23 US states in April

    May 27, 2015 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states in April as hiring rebounded nationwide from weak job gains the previous month. The Labor Department says that 11 states reported a higher unemployment rate than in March, while 16 states saw no change. Forty states gained jobs, and 9 states... more »
  • La. unemployment rate improves even as payrolls fall

    April 21, 2015 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate continued to fall in March, even as employer payrolls fell. The state's jobless rate fell to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent in February. That's well above the 5.5 percent the state recorded in March 2014. Unemployment has declined over the past three months as... more »
  • Study: MLB racial and gender hiring numbers remain stagnant

    April 15, 2015 3:06 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Major League Baseball maintained its grades for its racial and gender hiring practices, while its percentage of African-American players remained only slightly above a study's low set in the 2007 season. That's according to the annual report issued Wednesday by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics... more »
  • Initial La. unemployment claims fall

    April 6, 2015 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 28 decreased to 2,622 from the previous week's total of 2,723. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 1,985 initial claims, officials said Monday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Unemployment rates fall in 42 US states amid broad hiring

    January 27, 2015 10:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in 42 U.S. states last month, the latest sign that strong hiring is boosting job opportunities nationwide. The Labor Department said Tuesday that rates rose in just four states last month and were unchanged in four others. Job gains remained healthy in states with large... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Job openings in June hit 13-year-plus high

    August 12, 2014 10:01 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. The Labor Department says that employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May's total of 4.58 million. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a... more »
  • Bizarre council debate rattles nerves, accomplishes nothing Play Video

    July 23, 2014 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The situation at Wednesday evening's council meeting, where a debate over a proposed fairness ordinance took over just about the entire meeting time, quickly turned bizarre. Testimony from people on both sides of the issue that would protect gay, transgender and veterans from discrimination on various fronts... more »
  • The fairness ordinance Play Video

    July 23, 2014 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There was no vote Wednesday night dealing with a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from certain kinds of discrimination. The council meeting reached it's required legal ending before a vote could happen. Leading up to the end, City Hall was filled to capacity with... 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 »
  • Welders filling skilled worker void Play Video

    February 4, 2014 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state is helping Baton Rouge Community college fill a void for 80,000 construction workers in the next two years through the college's welding programs. BRCC has more than 400 students enrolled in its welding programs each year and a growing waiting list. "I really want... more »
  • Fobbs' hiring at Grambling approved by UL board

    December 6, 2013 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Grambling State University's hiring of new football coach Broderick Fobbs has been approved by the University of Louisiana System governing board. Fobbs will receive a $195,000 annual salary. The board unanimously agreed Friday to his selection and praised the hiring, which university leaders hope can improve a... more »
  • La. hiring contractor to remove explosive material

    September 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana will hire an outside contractor to get rid of 18 million pounds of military propellant that was improperly stored at Camp Minden. State lawmakers have agreed to let the state Military Department use federal money to pay for the contract to remove the explosive materials, whose discovery... more »
  • A switch at Ford

    July 23, 2013 7:55 PM

    DEARBORN, MICHIGAN- Ford says its hiring 800 more engineers, computer specialists and other white collar workers in the U.S., which is a reversal of what happened in 2006. U.S. auto sales are up and when the company restructured in 2006 through 2009, it lost 13,000 employees. Some have returned but... more »
  • Stock market rises after strong US jobs report

    July 5, 2013 8:53 AM

    NEW YORK- Robust hiring in the U.S. is boosting the stock market in early trading. The government says employers added 195,000 jobs in June. Economists had predicted a gain of 165,000. The unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 76 points, or 0.5 percent,... more »
  • Job fair today for positions at Geismar plant

    April 25, 2013 10:57 AM

    GEISMAR - A chemical company with expansion plans in Geismar scheduled a job fair today for potential hires. Methanex Corp. is building a new methanol production facility which will open by the end of 2014. The facility will have 135 permanent, full-time jobs in a variety of positions around... more »
  • US unemployment falls, jobs added

    March 8, 2013 8:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Stronger hiring shows businesses are confident about the economy, despite higher taxes and government spending cuts. The government's February employment report was filled with... more »
  • US economy adds 155K jobs, rate stays at 7.8 pct.

    January 4, 2013 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. job market proved resilient in December despite fears that the economy would tumble over the fiscal cliff. The Labor Department reports employers added 155,000 jobs, roughly matching the solid but unspectacular monthly pace of the past two years. The gains were not enough to reduce unemployment... more »

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