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  • 'Ban the box' bill passes House committee Play Video

    April 20, 2016 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bipartisan push to prevent state employers from asking job applicants about criminal histories until after interviews has received House committee backing. Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, a Baton Rouge Democrat, says her "ban the box" bill joins a national movement to employ former inmates. “We need... more »
  • One man with a clear sign gets job opportunities Play Video

    February 8, 2016 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While waiting at the red light or a stop sign, you often times see people on the side with signs begging for money or donations, but one young man held a sign with a simple plea hoping to get something else. Jordan Morgan is 22 years old.... more »
  • Data doesn't support Jindal food stamp claim

    January 7, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal claimed the threat of kicking people off food stamps spurred them into the job market, but data released Thursday shows that's not exactly accurate. In October the Jindal administration announced 61,000 able-bodied adults had 3 months to find work or lose food stamps.... more »
  • Miles' future at LSU unknown as Tigers tussle with Texas A&M

    November 27, 2015 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What is supposed to be Senior Day at Tiger Stadium is bound to take on an air of "Les Miles Day," no matter how much the embattled coach would rather the focus be on his players when LSU hosts Texas A&M on Saturday night. Speculation that... more »
  • Miles addresses firing rumors at press conference Play Video

    November 23, 2015 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Les Miles said there may be a discussion coming about his status as LSU's head football coach, but he won't get into it until the last game of the season is behind him and his Tigers. Miles took a few minutes at the start of his... more »
  • US employers advertised fewer jobs in August

    October 16, 2015 10:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Labor Department says employers advertised fewer job openings in August and kept hiring flat. Job openings slid to 5.4 million in August from a record high 5.7 million in July. Hiring was little-changed at 5.1 million. The number of people quitting jobs - a measure of confidence... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    August 7, 2015 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 1 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,479 from the previous week's total of 2,510. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • WBR schools revamp tech classes Play Video

    July 23, 2015 7:39 PM

    PORT ALLEN - New programs at high schools in West Baton Rouge Parish District will help students get skilled jobs. The district is revamping its technical classes to meet skills desired by area businesses and industries. The new classes will focus on math and science, benefiting students going to college... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims hold steady

    July 10, 2015 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 4 remained the same from the previous week's total of 2,707. For the comparable week a year earlier, the state department of labor said Friday there were 2,301 claims. Construction had the largest decrease in... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    July 6, 2015 11:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 27 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,707 from the previous week's total of 2,731. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise

    May 15, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 9 increased to 2,838 from the previous week's total of 2,498. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,209 initial claims, officials said Friday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop in Louisiana

    May 11, 2015 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 2 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,498 from the previous week's total of 2,737. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • National EMS Academy Play Video

    April 2, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- If you're looking for a career where you can save lives and make a difference, the National EMS Academy is looking for you. They're holding informational sessions in Baton Rouge next week. Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMTs, perform a wide variety of services to people, including: CPR,... 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 in La.

    February 6, 2015 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 31 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,676 from the previous week's total of 2,531. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cop admits picture shows fellow officer asleep on the job Play Video

    November 6, 2014 11:21 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - At a city Civil Service Commission hearing Thursday, a Denham Springs police officer admitted that one of the department's sergeants was photographed sleeping at his desk . The commission is investigating allegations that Sgt. Russell Munsell has a drug problem and complaints about his issues are... more »
  • US awards $450M to link job training to industry

    September 29, 2014 5:07 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training. Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts and Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley Technical College are the largest recipients and will each get about $20 million. A Maryland program will receive... more »
  • Free welding training offered in capital area Play Video

    September 23, 2014 6:20 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A growing need for skilled trade workers has one company paying for the education of more than 100 students in Louisiana. Praxair is offering a free program to local students that will provide the tools and education students need to get certified in welding. It's an... more »
  • New Orleans mayor to announce new jobs plan

    September 8, 2014 3:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is planning to announce a new comprehensive strategy to connect disadvantaged job seekers and businesses. A City Hall press release says The Economic Opportunity Strategy being announced Monday will partner with local training providers, social service agencies, and community advocates, as well... more »
  • Hundreds visit La. job-matching site

    August 20, 2014 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say more than 700 job seekers visited the Louisiana's new online service for matching employers' needs with workers' skills. On Monday, LouisianaJobConnection.com became available for the first time to job applicants. By that time, LJC Executive Director Kristi Barnett Williams says more than 600 employers... more »
  • Newly released inmates get new suits

    July 20, 2014 6:45 PM

    JACKSON- A new program is offering inmates a a leg up for their reentry to society. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is having their 7th annual national suit drive. They partnered with Men's Warehouse and Refined by Fire Ministries. The goal is to prepare men... more »
  • US unemployment aid applications fall to 304,000

    July 10, 2014 7:50 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. That's not far from a reading of 298,000 two months... more »
  • Amid positive jobs numbers, politicians hedge bets

    July 4, 2014 3:31 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The top jobs numbers for June would seem to be cause for some appreciation. After all, the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent, the lowest in six years, and hiring showed five months of steady growth. But the public continues to perceive the economy as poor. So,... 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 »
  • Former New Orleans police officer wants job back

    February 11, 2014 2:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A former New Orleans police lieutenant wants his job back and back pay after prosecutors dropped federal charges against him in the alleged cover-up of Henry Glover's burning and fatal shooting. Travis McCabe was accused of doctoring a police report to make it seem like former Officer David... 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 »
  • Obama: "No question" shutdown hurt job market

    November 8, 2013 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- President Barack Obama says there "no question" that last month's partial government shutdown hurt the nation's jobs market. The president is speaking hours after the Labor Department reported that the economy added 204,000 jobs in October. The burst of hiring was surprising given that the government was shut... more »
  • Teacher's union calls for collaboration over Act 1

    August 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Educators called today for Gov. Bobby Jindal and State Superintendent of Education John White to work with them over a teacher tenure law declared unconstitutional by two state judges this year. LAE leaders said they they will continue to push for policies... 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 »
  • La. weekly initial unemployment claims down

    August 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 10 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show 2,719 initial claims compared to 2,844 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,806 from... more »
  • Board says ineffective teachers are out Play Video

    August 15, 2013 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board deliberated for three hours, discussing ways to improve teacher effectiveness. Thursday night, the board approved a strategic plan for the 2013 school year that would mean the district's worst teachers could be fired. Under the plan, a teacher rated... more »
  • Hundreds of Entergy layoffs to hit Louisiana

    July 30, 2013 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy announced this week they would lay off 800 employees to cut costs company-wide, and that a quarter of those layoffs would happen in Louisiana. A spokesperson for Entergy said around 240 positions would be eliminated in Louisiana, with 25 of those happening in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • La. weekly initial unemployment claims down

    July 29, 2013 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 20 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show 3,035 initial claims compared to 3,764 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,978 from... more »
  • Weekly initial unemployment insurance claims up

    July 22, 2013 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 13 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show 3,764 initial claims compared to 2,084 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,975 from... more »
  • New Orleans council member's staff is back

    July 15, 2013 12:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Staffers for a New Orleans City Council member were back on the job three days after a walkout. On Friday, Jackie Clarkson's office was closed. She later acknowledged that her staffers were unhappy with her following last Thursday's regular council meeting. There had seen some heated exchanges... more »
  • Alexander begins his job as LSU System president

    June 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU's new system president and main campus chancellor, F. King Alexander, has started his job in Baton Rouge. Alexander attended freshmen orientation events Monday and Tuesday. He sent a letter to students, faculty and staff saying he will visit every LSU campus within the next 60 days and... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims increase

    June 14, 2013 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 8 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,755 from the previous week's total of 3,306. For the comparable week a year earlier,... 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 »
  • As Rutgers sets to repair image, AD's job in limbo

    April 5, 2013 8:58 AM

    PISCATAWAY, N.J.- As Rutgers works to mend its image in the wake of this week's firing of basketball coach Mike Rice, Tim Pernetti's position as athletic director now appears to be in jeopardy as well. Pernetti dismissed Rice after a videotape aired on ESPN showing the coach using gay slurs... more »
  • Jindal budget calls for $424M in one-time cash

    February 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers questioned Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration today about decisions in their proposed budget for next year. Jindal's $24.7 billion budget calls for the use of $424 million in one-time cash and college tuition increases to prevent deeper cuts to higher education. Commissioner of Administration Kristy... more »
  • Hearing over Port Allen CFO job status today

    February 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Officials in Port Allen scheduled this morning to discuss the job status of the city's chief financial officer, whom the new mayor fired last week. Mayor "Deedy" Slaughter fired Audrey McCain a week after News 2 received financial documents requested about the mayor's travel to Washington,... more »
  • Governors warn Congress over debt limit

    January 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Governors are warning Congress that lingering uncertainty over raising the nation's debt limit could hinder their state budgets and job growth. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin are outlining state agendas in 2013 as part of the National Governors Association. Markell says the postponing of... 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 »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    January 4, 2013 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 29 fell from the previous week's total, mainly because the Christmas holidays cut a day from the work week. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,505 from the... more »

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