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  • Surge in workers keeps pushing up La. jobless rate

    December 19, 2014 2:34 PM

    Louisiana's unemployment rate rose for the seventh straight month in November, and what had been strong growth in employer payrolls waned. The state's jobless rate rose to 6.5 percent, as growth in job seekers continued to outstrip increases in the number of people reporting they have jobs. The unemployment rate... more »
  • Obama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers

    December 19, 2014 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure. He said the pipeline would mainly benefit Canadian oil companies that need to get Canadian... more »
  • Hungary says Sunday is sacred for workers

    December 16, 2014 7:54 PM

    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY- Lawmakers approved a measure that bans most stores from opening on Sunday, a day the government says employee should not be forced to work. Trade unions and business groups challenged the law that passed Tuesday. Even the Economy Minister said last month the measure was "not wise." One... 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 »
  • New website aims to enrich lives in the Capital City Play Video

    October 17, 2014 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Melissa Thompson from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber briefly visited with Brittney Weiss on our Friday 4 p.m. show to talk about a recently launched website designed to help residents of the Capital Region get the most out of life in the area. The site, called... more »
  • BR leaders fear EPA plans could hurt economy Play Video

    October 7, 2014 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Environmental Protection Agency wants to change air quality standards, but Baton Rouge city leaders fear the changes could cost Louisiana billions. Councilman Buddy Amoroso feels tougher air quality standards would cripple the state's economy. "You know to me I think it would kill our... 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 »
  • BR leads job growth in Louisiana Play Video

    October 3, 2014 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Capital City region led the way in job growth across the state adding 12,900 jobs in the last year, nearly half of the total job surge in Louisiana, which added 26,000 jobs. The construction industry added the most jobs in the area with 8,000 more gigs... more »
  • Obama highlighting nation's manufacturing gains

    October 3, 2014 3:36 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession. Obama visits a steel manufacturer Friday in Princeton, Indiana, as part of a new fall... more »
  • Juban Crossing grand opening October 15 Play Video

    October 1, 2014 4:49 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Juban Crossing development is just two weeks away from its grand opening after years of delays. Belk is set to open October 15 with three other stores opening the last week in October. Several more stores in phase one will open in November. Wednesday... 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 »
  • Plan emerges to divide $40M college incentive fund

    September 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An agreement has been struck to split a $40 million higher education incentive fund designed to steer money to programs that help fill high-demand jobs. A council of Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials on Monday approved a plan to divvy up the money among the... more »
  • New business site gets certification in Walker Play Video

    September 3, 2014 3:39 PM

    WALKER - For the first time ever in Livingston Parish, a tract of land has been certified under the Louisiana Economic Development certified-sites program. The 93-acre site in the Livingston Parish Industrial Park just off Florida Boulevard in Walker is the twentieth certified site in the Capital Region, according... more »
  • Baton Rouge, New Orleans gain nonfarm jobs

    August 23, 2014 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - State labor officials say the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas each gained 12,600 nonfarm jobs over the year ended July 31. The Louisiana Workforce Commission reported Friday that seasonally adjusted numbers show that was a 3.3 percent increase to a new total of 397,200... more »
  • New website aims to match La. workers with jobs

    August 19, 2014 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Economic Development's latest attempt to match job seekers with thousands of open jobs in the state launched Monday in the form of the new and innovative LouisianaJobConnection.com website. The free website made its initial debut in June as the platform was opened to employers,... 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 »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement workers leaving Play Video

    July 22, 2014 4:08 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement could close its doors earlier than expected since workers are leaving for other jobs. It's no secret that mosquito abatement in the parish will cease to exist sometime in the next year when money runs out. Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says... 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 »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    May 30, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 24 have increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,985 from the previous week's total of 2,343. There were 3,386 initial claims during the comparable... more »
  • Veterans to get priority at today's job fair Play Video

    May 21, 2014 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson from the Mayor's office said the first two hours of the upcoming Spring Job Fair will be reserved for veterans only before being open to other job seekers. The Spring Job Fair, hosted by the Mayor's Business and Career Solutions Center, will be on... more »
  • $10 million expansion announced for coffee company

    May 21, 2014 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders announced a $10 million expansion is in the works for a Baton Rouge coffee supply business. The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Mayor Kip Holden announced Wednesday that Pod Pack International planned to expand their Baton Rouge facilities, building a new manufacturing area to... more »
  • Fertilizer plant could mean 150 St. Charles jobs

    May 19, 2014 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana economic development officials say a fertilizer manufacturer will decide by early next year whether to build a $1.2 billion plant in St. Charles Parish. AM Agrigen Industries and Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a Monday news release that feasibility studies are underway on the proposed site.... more »
  • La. payrolls grow as jobless levels stay flat

    May 16, 2014 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's job market continued to chug along in April, as the unemployment rate remained low and employers kept adding to payrolls. The jobless rate was steady for the third month at 4.5 percent, the 10th lowest rate among the states. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in... more »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    May 9, 2014 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 3 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,273 from the previous week's total of 2,238. There were 2,466 initial claims during the comparable week... more »
  • US gains 288k jobs; jobless rate falls to 6.3 pct.

    May 2, 2014 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years. The figures are a clear sign that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. The Labor Department says the unemployment... more »
  • Jobs picture brightens in Louisiana in February

    March 28, 2014 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in February, hitting the lowest level since mid-2008. The number of people who told surveyors they had a job hit a new record for the fifth month in a row, approaching 2 million. A separate survey shows payrolls... more »
  • Study: Coastal plan would create jobs, grow economy

    March 27, 2014 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A study says funding the state's 50 year plan for coastal protection would create 109,000 to 212,000 jobs and help grow the economy. The study by economist and former University of New Orleans president Timothy Ryan, was commissioned by Restore Louisiana Now. That group was formed... more »
  • Young workers change jobs frequently, study shows

    March 26, 2014 10:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Labor Department says young adults held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26. Since 1997, the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics has been keeping tabs on about 9,000 young men and women born in the early 1980s, surveying their educational and... more »
  • Economy growing jobs in southeast Louisiana

    March 14, 2014 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans region needs to prepare itself for economic growing pains. That's the message delivered Thursday by Michael Hecht, who leads the economic development group Greater New Orleans Inc. The New Orleans Advocate reports Hecht spoke to business leaders at the organization's annual meeting. He told... 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 »
  • Budget Office: 2.5 million fewer jobs due to Obamacare

    February 4, 2014 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says President Barack Obama's health care law will mean a reduction of about 2.5 million jobs in 2024, ten years from now. The nonpartisan CBO says the law will affect both the supply and demand for labor. It's a big increase from the... more »
  • Fruit of the Loom cutting jobs in Vidalia

    January 9, 2014 12:08 PM

    VIDALIA - The Fruit of the Loom facility in Vidalia will cut more than half its workforce in March. Nearly 150 of 260 employees will be laid off permanently at the Vidalia distribution center that opened in 1995. Vidalia Apparel is housed in a 1-million-square-foot building in the... more »
  • First-time unemployment claims up

    November 15, 2013 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time unemployment insurance claims are up from last week in Louisiana. Figures released for the state Department of Labor show initial claims increased from 2,309 to 2,707. The comparable week a year earlier had 3,089. The four-week moving average increased to 2,425 from the previous week's... more »
  • Obama to pitch US exports at New Orleans port

    November 8, 2013 8:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama is heading to the Gulf Coast to make the case that more exports equals more jobs. On Friday, he will tour the Port of New Orleans, where he'll speak about the need to boost exports and spend more on U.S. infrastructure projects like ports, roads... more »
  • Shale exploration expected to ramp up

    October 29, 2013 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Oil and gas officials in Louisiana expect activity to ramp up on the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale sometime in 2014. According to Baton Rouge Consultant Dr. Loren Scott, The Goodrich Petroleum Corporation recently bought several leases throughout the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale area. Scott also said a technological... more »
  • Report: La. could have more than 2M jobs in 2015

    October 16, 2013 1:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A new report says unprecedented growth in the Lake Charles and Baton Rouge areas is likely to bring employment in Louisiana over the 2 million level for the first time sometime in 2015, in spite of what it describes as plodding national growth. However, economists Loren Scott and... more »
  • EBR workers seek higher pay Play Video

    October 10, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers called Thursday for Mayor-President Kip Holden to increase their wages in next year's budget. Herman Addison has worked for the city-parish for the past 13 years. He planned on working for the city for 20 years and then retire. Addison says he hasn't received... more »
  • IBM Service Center breaks ground Play Video

    September 26, 2013 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM broke ground on their new $55million service center in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday. The project is expected to directly create 800 jobs, 500 indirect jobs and 600 construction jobs. The mixed-use complex has an eight story IBM office, 11 story apartment building and a parking... more »
  • IBM to begin construction on Baton Rouge offices

    September 22, 2013 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Groundbreaking for an IBM Service Center will be held Sept. 26 in downtown Baton Rouge. The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/16bhhWL ) the ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center on Lafayette Street, a few blocks down the street from where... more »
  • IBM hires SU grads for downtown facility

    September 20, 2013 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- IBM has hired a number of Southern University graduates for the new development in downtown, college officials announced this week. IBM is planning to hire about 800 people. The facility is planned where The Advocate newspaper once was near the river. IBM hired about two-dozen SU... more »
  • Teleperformance expands its Shreveport center

    September 13, 2013 3:25 PM

    SHREVEPORT - New jobs are coming to Shreveport. Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Travis Coates, executive vice president of operations at Teleperformance, on Friday to announce the company's creation of 740 new jobs for its Shreveport customer contact center over the next two years. The move, Jindal said, will bring total... more »
  • US employers posted fewer jobs, but hired more

    September 10, 2013 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in July but hired more workers, a mixed sign that suggests only modest improvement in the job market. The Labor Department says job openings fell 180,000 in July to 3.7 million. That's down from 3.9 million the previous month, which was revised lower.... more »
  • Students to get help in finding jobs

    August 25, 2013 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The University of Louisiana System has reached a deal to help its more than 92,000 students find jobs after graduation. The Advocate reports the nine-college system's partnership with MyEdu of Austin, Texas, also is billed as a way for students to stay on track with schoolwork, shorten... more »
  • Board will give bad teachers one chance, out after that Play Video

    August 15, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School board is discussing ways to improve teacher effectiveness as part of their strategic plan for the 2013 school year. > UPDATE: Thursday night, the school system approved a plan that would mean the district's worst teachers could be fired. First, bad... more »
  • Ex-LSU hospitals' employees can re-apply Aug. 5

    July 28, 2013 7:19 PM

    SHREVEPORT - More than 2,300 employees at LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe can start applying for jobs with the hospitals' new operator starting August 5. Biomedical Research Foundation Hospital Holding Co. will take over management of the former public hospitals October 1. That nonprofit, a subsidiary of Biomedical Research... more »
  • Honeywell to expand operations in Louisiana

    July 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    GONZALES - Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies announced today that it will expand its operations in Louisiana. Company President and CEO, Andreas Kramvis joined Governor Bobby Jindal to present the plan. The company says it will invest $208 million at facilities in Geismar, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. ... more »
  • Russian company plans $1.5 billion fertilizer plant Play Video

    July 10, 2013 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Russian chemical company announced plans today to build a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant and distribution center in southern Louisiana which would bring thousands of jobs to the region. State officials said the EuroChem plant would create 200 permanent jobs and support 1,300 indirect jobs, as... more »
  • CB&I bringing 400 new jobs to Baton Rouge

    July 8, 2013 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - CB&I, the company that bought the Baton Rouge-based Shaw Group, is expanding its presence in the capital city, moving 400 jobs there from out-of-state locations. The company and Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Monday that CB&I is centralizing a second of its four operating groups in Louisiana. Jindal... more »
  • Baton Rouge businesses hiring more workers Play Video

    July 5, 2013 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today's jobs report reported stronger-than-predicted gains in the economy, something which workers say is being reflected in Baton Rouge. Melissa McLain is learning the ropes from one of her new bosses at a Baton Rouge party supply store. She just started a few weeks ago. ... more »
  • More likely Fed could ease bond buys

    July 5, 2013 12:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve could now be more likely to slow its bond purchases in the next few months, after a jobs report that was stronger than expected today. The government reported that employers added 195,000 jobs in June, and many more in April and May than previously thought.... 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 »
  • Fed foresees lower US unemployment rate

    June 19, 2013 2:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve expects the U.S. unemployment rate to fall faster this year and next than it did in March. The Fed now predicts unemployment will fall to 7.2 percent or 7.3 percent at the end of 2013 from 7.6 percent now. It thinks the rate will... more »
  • What's family for?

    June 10, 2013 7:45 PM

    WASHINGTON- A senior Energy Department official was actively involved in getting summer jobs for his three college-aged kids, according to an internal investigation. The actions appear to violate federal rules that bar officials from securing government jobs for relatives. The Energy Department Inspector General's report does not name the official... more »
  • Jindal: Marine contractor plans $30M expansion

    May 21, 2013 3:27 PM

    THIBODAUX - An oilfield service company plans a new $10 million headquarters in Gray and a $20 million manufacturing and fabrication plant at a Louisiana port. President and CEO Hank Danos says Danos & Curole Marine Contractors LLC is considering at least two ports. The manufacturing site to be selected... more »
  • La. unemployment claims decrease

    May 10, 2013 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 4 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,466 from the previous week's total of 2,541. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • New jobs and energy gains helping lift US economy

    May 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A stronger-than-expected April rebound in job creation and recent dramatic discoveries of vast U.S. oil and gas reserves are helping to lift the American economy out its long funk. The economic advances also are drawing attention to the importance of private-sector innovation rather than government policy in fostering... more »
  • Stocks fall on jobs concerns, fall in Merck profit

    May 1, 2013 9:01 AM

    NEW YORK- The stock market is falling early after a survey showed U.S. companies added the fewest jobs in seven months and Merck reported a lower quarterly profit. Shortly after the market opened, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 55 points to 14,784, a fall of 0.4 percent. The Standard... more »
  • Future teachers not intimidated by challenges Play Video

    April 24, 2013 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Marvin Stephens is hoping to make a good first impression with recruiters. "I'm graduating on May 17 of next months and if figure it would be a good way to find a job when i graduate," he says. He's one of dozens of graduating education majors... more »
  • IBM reps at Southern University

    April 16, 2013 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM representatives are at Southern University today talking to dozens of students and others about some 800 new well-paying technology positions that the computer giant will be filling over the next several years. IBM is bringing those jobs to a new office and residential space in... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate at 6 percent

    March 29, 2013 11:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal unemployment statistics show Louisiana's unemployment rate edged up to 6 percent in February. It had been 5.9 percent in January. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate went up despite an increase in total jobs of 9,100. Friday's preliminary figures... more »
  • IBM building office, residential tower downtown Play Video

    March 27, 2013 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM is coming to Baton Rouge and bringing with it more than 800 technology jobs. The tech company will occupy an office building on the former site of The Advocate downtown. The IBM complex will be built and managed by Commercial Properties Realty Trust and owned... more »
  • IBM to build office building in Baton Rouge

    March 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - IBM is coming to Baton Rouge, sources tell News 2. The tech company will build an office building on the former site of The Advocate downtown. The IBM complex is expected to employ hundreds of people. IBM is a Fortune 500 company with thousands of... more »
  • Coca-Cola to cut 750 jobs in US

    March 21, 2013 9:28 AM

    NEW YORK - Coca-Cola says it's cutting 750 jobs in the U.S. as it continues to streamline its business. The world's biggest beverage maker says the jobs cuts will be across the board and that affected individuals will be notified in coming weeks. The cuts represent roughly 1 percent of... 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 »
  • New multi-million dollar plant bringing jobs to BR Play Video

    March 6, 2013 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Jindal and city leaders announced today that a new multi-million dollar chemical company project would start construction soon in Baton Rouge, leading to hundreds of new jobs. Jindal said the state had been working for a year to land the $150 million expansion for Katoen... more »
  • Specifics on gov's budget to be released Friday

    February 21, 2013 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The governor's plans for the state budget will be unveiled Friday. Bobby Jindal said Thursday it would include cuts for about 10,000 state positions, many in the health care sector. But, most jobs would be absorbed through private-public partnerships in health care. Of the remaining positions,... more »
  • Experts say 2nd industrial revolution starting in La. Play Video

    January 28, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new LSU energy report shows industry will invest $60 billion dollars in Louisiana projects over the next decade. The investments are tied to Louisiana's natural gas resources and production development, and expected to generate more than $20 billion directly to the state economy. Louisiana Chemical... more »
  • NYC school bus drivers, matrons go on strike

    January 16, 2013 5:59 AM

    NEW YORK - More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons have gone on strike over job protection. Some 152,000 students, many disabled, have to find other ways to get to school. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott says the strike started at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Most... 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 »
  • GM plant being sold in Shreveport

    January 2, 2013 10:14 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Shreveport and Caddo Parish officials say the former General Motors assembly plant has a buyer that plans thousands of vehicle assembly jobs with good pay. Assistant Parish Administrator Randy Lucky says the buyer expects to bring 1,500 jobs by the end of the second quarter and 3,000 within... more »
  • Hope for college graduates Play Video

    December 13, 2012 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of students from LSU and Southern Univeristy will be walking across the stage Friday to receive their diplomas. As those students make the walk across stage things are looking good for them on the other side. In Novermber, the U.S. economy added over 100,000 jobs,... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims drop

    December 7, 2012 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 1 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,048 from the previous week's total of 2,705. The department said similar spikes have occurred... more »
  • Stocks mixed as investors work through jobs report

    December 7, 2012 11:52 AM

    NEW YORK - Stocks are trading mixed on Wall Street as investors work through the government's latest jobs report. It turns out Superstorm Sandy didn't have as much of an impact on the employment picture last month as economists had expected. The government says the storm played only a minimal... more »
  • US economy adds 146K jobs, rate falls to 7.7 pct.

    December 7, 2012 9:05 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures. The Labor Department report offered a mixed picture for the economy.... more »
  • New job opportunities for the deaf and blind

    November 8, 2012 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new business has made its way to Baton Rouge to help those who may find trouble getting a job which takes all their needs into account. Lighthouse Louisiana opened a new facility that offers employment opportunities for the deaf and blind. News 2's Adrian Pittman,... 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 »
  • Obama blasts Romney ad on auto industry in Ohio

    November 2, 2012 10:22 AM

    HILLIARD, Ohio - President Barack Obama is accusing Republican rival Mitt Romney of running dishonest ads on the auto industry to scare voters in Ohio, saying: "This isn't a game. These are people's jobs." The Romney ads, which have been airing in Toledo, the home of a Jeep plant, suggest... more »
  • Romney campaign challenges criticism by automakers

    October 31, 2012 12:31 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is challenging criticism from U.S. automakers over campaign ads that claim General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of Ohio. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Wednesday, quote: "Their comments don't refute anything in our ad." Romney ads on... more »
  • Biden calls Romney auto ad an 'outrageous lie'

    October 31, 2012 12:29 PM

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden is calling advertising released by Republican Mitt Romney "an outrageous lie" for asserting that automakers General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in Ohio. Biden says in Florida that Romney is "trying to scare the living... 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 »
  • Unemployment rates fall in 7 US swing states

    October 19, 2012 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell or held steady last month in nine key swing states at the center of this year's presidential election. Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia. The declines could help President Barack Obama at... more »
  • Emerson announces plans for new Gonzales headquarters

    October 12, 2012 3:00 PM

    GONZALES - Emerson Electric Co. says it will build a $10 million regional headquarters in Gonzales, creating 50 new jobs. The company announced its Ascension Parish plans Friday with Gov. Bobby Jindal. The new jobs will have salaries averaging $49,000, plus benefits. Residents living in the area the company... more »
  • Romney blasts Obama despite drop in unemployment

    October 5, 2012 2:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says a drop in the nation's unemployment rate to 7.8 percent "is not what a real recovery looks like." The former Massachusetts governor responded to the September jobs report out Friday by arguing that Obama has a failed record on the economy.... more »
  • Unemployment falls in nearly 90 percent of US cities

    October 3, 2012 2:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas in August, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department says unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities and were unchanged... more »
  • Survey: US businesses added 162K jobs in September

    October 3, 2012 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - A private survey shows that U.S. businesses hired fewer workers in September than August, a sign that slow growth may be holding back hiring. Payroll processor ADP says companies added 162,000 jobs last month. That's below August's total of 189,000, which was revised lower. The report only covers... more »
  • ExxonMobil to expand 2 La. chemical plants

    September 27, 2012 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - ExxonMobil says a new project to expand its Louisiana chemical and lubricant plants will bring more than 400 construction and full-time jobs to the state over the next two years. Company officials said Thursday construction on the $200 million chemical and lubricants plants in Baton Rouge and... more »

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