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  • 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 »
  • Pointe Coupee police jury shaves 16 jobs to close deficit

    June 29, 2016 12:53 PM

    NEW ROADS - Council members in Pointe Coupee Parish agreed last week to shave 16 positions to close this year’s budget hole. Justin Cox, Chairman of the Finance Committee, said that this year’s projected parish sales tax revenue will be $580,000 less than last year. To make up... more »
  • Dow Chemical to cut about 2,500 jobs globally

    June 28, 2016 10:09 AM

    NEW YORK - Dow Chemical says it will eliminate about 2,500 jobs worldwide, or about 4 percent of its workforce, as it looks to close some plants ahead of its merger with DuPont. The two agriculture and chemical companies announced their plan to merge in December. After the merger, the... more »
  • Louisiana payrolls fall again in May, as jobless rate flat

    June 25, 2016 2:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana employer payrolls fell again in May, with the state's unemployment rate holding steady at 6.3 percent, the third-highest rate among the states. Payrolls, used by many economists as their top labor market indicator, have been falling since 2014's end, in part because of heavy oil and... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    June 24, 2016 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 18 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,822 from the previous week's total of 3,445. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • University of New Orleans touts economic impact

    June 18, 2016 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - At a time when state government budget problems make future funding for college campuses uncertain, the University of New Orleans is making the case for its importance to the New Orleans area economy. The university has released an analysis by its Division of Business and Economic Research... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    June 17, 2016 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 11 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 3,445 from the previous week's total of 3,590. For the comparable week a year earlier,... 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 »
  • Veterans take advantage of EmployBR job expo Play Video

    May 26, 2016 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - EmployBR is not an ordinary hiring expo. Employers had to have openings to participate, and during the first two hours, it was only open for veterans. "When they come home, they have sacrificed so much that they deserve to get to the front of the line,"... more »
  • Paychex announces 100-job expansion in Baton Rouge

    May 26, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Payroll and HR services company Paychex has announced a 100-job expansion for its operations in Baton Rouge. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Paychex Senior Vice President of Service John Gibson made the announcement Thursday. Paychex is a provider of human capital management solutions for payroll, human... 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 »
  • US applications for jobless aid fall to four-decade low

    April 21, 2016 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell to a four-decade low last week, a sign that employers are unconcerned about weak economic growth in the first three months of 2016. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless benefits declined to a seasonally adjusted 247,000, the lowest... more »
  • Shell to move some jobs from New Orleans to Houston

    April 19, 2016 4:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Shell says it plans to move some jobs from New Orleans to Houston as part of plans to cut its global workforce. The company said that relocations this year would affect less than 5 percent of its New Orleans workforce. The oil company has about 1,900 workers based... more »
  • Louisiana jobless rate rises to 6.1 percent, payrolls flat

    April 15, 2016 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's unemployment rate rose in March, as more people entered the labor force than could find jobs. The jobless rate rose to 6.1 percent, up from 5.9 percent in February, but below March 2015's rate of 6.6 percent. A separate survey shows payrolls were flat in March... more »
  • Applications for jobless aid rise but stay at healthy level

    March 17, 2016 1:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but their numbers remained at low levels consistent with a healthy job market. The Labor Department says the number of people seeking jobless aid rose by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000. The less-volatile four-week average rose by 750 to... more »
  • Noranda alumina plant keeps workers; holds off on possible layoffs until May

    March 15, 2016 4:42 PM

    GRAMERCY - The alumina plant here is hoping to stay open by relying on changes to its operation model but Noranda executives said if changes do not work the company could temporarily close the plant in May. Already, Noranda had announced plans to layoff workers this week but the... more »
  • Survey: US companies added 214,000 jobs in February

    March 2, 2016 11:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. businesses added a healthy 214,000 jobs last month, led by gains in construction and business services, a private survey says. Payroll processor ADP said hiring by private companies was up from 205,000 in January. The better-than-expected gains provide more evidence that the U.S. job market remains strong... more »
  • Stupp Corporation to layoff over 100 employees

    February 26, 2016 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Pipeline fabricator Stupp Corporation announced layoffs for its Baton Rouge location early Friday evening. Stupp says up to 114 employees will be affected by the layoffs planned for Feb. 22 to Mar. 14. Stupp says the layoffs will last for longer than 6 months. The... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    February 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 6 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims rose to 3,084 from the previous week's total of 3,083. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    January 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 16 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 3,485 from the previous week's total of 4,203. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Survey: Growth at US services companies slowed in December

    January 6, 2016 11:55 AM

    WASHINGTON - A private survey says U.S. services companies grew in December at the slowest pace since early 2014. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index dipped to 55.3 last month from 55.9 in November. The December reading matched the most recent low of 55.3 set... 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 »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    December 18, 2015 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 12 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,443 from the previous week's total of 2,414. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Louisiana economic growth lags nation in second quarter

    December 12, 2015 2:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New figures show Louisiana's economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate from April through June, slower than the nation's economy. Gross domestic product numbers released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all of the economic output of each state. Louisiana's performance... 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 »
  • New attorney general asking employees to reapply for jobs

    December 2, 2015 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's next attorney general is asking current, at-will employees of the Department of Justice to submit resumes and reapply for their jobs if they want to stay for his administration. Republican Jeff Landry, who defeated GOP incumbent Buddy Caldwell last month, sent employees a letter thanking them... more »
  • Denham Springs Police gaining reserve officers Play Video

    December 1, 2015 5:48 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - After reaching out about the need for more reserve officers, the Denham Springs Police Department has nearly tripled its number of reserves. The department has gone from five reserve officers to 12 in just three months. There's also 17 more applications on the table waiting for background... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    November 30, 2015 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 21 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims fell to 2,404 from the previous week's total of 3,196. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Baton Rouge businesses now hiring for holiday season Play Video

    November 20, 2015 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Businesses around town are now looking for seasonal workers. Signs advertising for open positions are popping up all around. "We just hired three individuals today," said Charles Rodrigue, store manager at Calvin's Market. Rodrigue told News 2 that business usually starts picking up for them around football... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    November 6, 2015 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 31 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,439 from the previous week's total of 2,502. For the comparable week a year earlier,... 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 »
  • Leaders: Super region needed to compete with Houston

    October 22, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The heads of two regional economic development organizations say Baton Rouge and New Orleans need to team up to form a super region to help south Louisiana better compete with Houston for jobs. Michael Hecht, president and chief executive officer of GNO Inc. told the Rotary Club of... more »
  • Louisiana unemployment rate falls as more leave labor force

    October 20, 2015 12:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's labor market was flat in September, with unemployment and payrolls holding level. The jobless rate stayed at 6 percent from August to September, remaining below September 2014's 6.9 percent rate. The number of people reporting having a job fell for the fourth straight month.... 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 »
  • Ex-railroad town, Sparks braces for Tesla, Switch boom

    October 8, 2015 2:56 PM

    SPARKS, Nev. - The promise of thousands of good-paying jobs at the battery factory Tesla Motors is building in northern Nevada is sparking excitement unseen since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into the sleepy town of Sparks more than a century ago. Officials say the new demand for housing... more »
  • Veterans attend job fair on 9/11 Play Video

    September 11, 2015 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans were in and out of the Mall of Louisiana all day Friday looking for work. Capital Area United Way and BASF partnered together to host a job fair for those who have served in the military. "The military is absolutely the best training in the world.... more »
  • BRG cutting 50 to 60 jobs after ER closure earlier this year

    September 10, 2015 8:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge General announced it was eliminating 50 to 60 positions in the wake of the closure of the ER at the Mid City location earlier this year. The positions are in administrative support and are not necessarily "bedside" - ones that come into contact with... 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 »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    September 4, 2015 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 29 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,442 from the previous week's total of 2,414. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • BRAC: Baton Rouge economy & jobs booming Play Video

    September 2, 2015 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Chamber reports that the Baton Rouge region is experiencing an economic boom with more jobs than ever. The report states that the Baton Rouge region has created 6,600 new jobs in the past year totaling a record of more than 400,000 jobs in... more »
  • CenturyLink will cut dozens of Louisiana jobs

    August 29, 2015 11:29 AM

    MONROE, La. - CenturyLink says dozens of positions will be reduced in Louisiana as part of the company's proposal to eliminate 1,000 jobs companywide. The company will cut the headcount in Louisiana by about 55 positions. She did not indicate when the layoffs were expected to begin. CenturyLink, the largest... more »
  • Albemarle to move HQ out of Baton Rouge

    August 25, 2015 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chemicals company Albemarle announced Tuesday they will move their headquarters and other parts of their business out of Baton Rouge next year. The company announced they will be relocating their HQ and Performance Chemicals business to Charlotte, N. C., and their Refining Solutions business to Clear... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Exporting oil gains powerful backer

    July 29, 2015 9:08 PM

    WASHINGTON- The push by U.S. oil companies to export oil and do away with a ban has a powerful supporter. House Speaker John Boehner says the decades-old ban is outdated and exporting U.S. crude would be a huge boost to the economy.Boehner claims it could create up to a... more »
  • Louisiana's unemployment rate dips as employer payrolls grow

    July 21, 2015 1:51 PM

    Louisiana's unemployment rate dipped in June as people left the labor force, even as employer payrolls showed strength. The state's jobless fell to 6.4 percent after three months at 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate remained above June 2014's 6.2 percent rate. The labor force fell by more than 4,000, while... more »
  • Louisiana trails national growth rate in personal income

    June 22, 2015 12:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Personal income in Louisiana grew at a 0.8 percent annual rate in 2015's first quarter. Figures released Monday by the U.S. Commerce Department showed growth rebounded from 0.5 percent in the last quarter of 2014. Louisiana trailed the national growth rate of 0.9 percent, ranking 35th among... more »
  • Louisiana getting $1 million federal job-training grant

    June 18, 2015 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is getting $1 million in federal grant money to train residents needed as employees by specific industries. The federal money targets the Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe areas and will be administered by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Much of it is earmarked for apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training, on-the-job... 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 »
  • Economists: Job gains should drive the economy

    June 5, 2015 2:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Economists say the latest job gains should help drive the economy through the rest of the year. Employers added 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy has regained momentum after starting the year in a deep slump. The unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4... more »
  • Employ BR spring job fair Play Video

    May 28, 2015 9:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Employ BR Job Fair is turning job seekers into employers. "I came to this job fair and met a great group of people, they went back and told the president of the company about me. He called, flew down to New Orleans, and now I'm here to... more »
  • Baker officials brace themselves to balance upcoming budget Play Video

    May 15, 2015 4:47 PM

    BAKER - City officials are prepping to balance this year's upcoming 2015-2016 budget. Chief of Police Mike Knapps said he submitted his budget to the city for approval. He wants to fill two officer positions which have been vacant since last year. "It's very, very important that this... more »
  • Life in Louisiana after graduation Play Video

    May 14, 2015 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Graduation season is coming to the close, and thousands of graduates are starting the job search. Louisiana has one of the fastest growing job markets in the country, and it's expected to sustain that growth for at least the next eight years. The career field is looking... more »
  • St. George Fire Department to hire more firefighters Play Video

    May 7, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. George Fire Department Chief Jerry Tarleton said his department is battling a different kind of fire right now: a worrying shortage of recruits. Tarleton said right now the department is down 23 firefighters, which is impacting their ability to bring all their equipment to bear... more »
  • Thermaldyne to build waste remediation plant near Port Allen

    May 6, 2015 3:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thermaldyne will invest $19 million to develop an industrial waste remediation plant near Port Allen that will create 45 jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000. The plant will be Thermaldyne's first indirect thermal desorption facility and will be in the recently established, 200-acre USA Rail and... more »
  • BREC's Cage Fit Play Video

    April 29, 2015 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Summer is right around the corner, and many people are headed to the BREC Upper Deck batting cages to get in shape for the season. The batting cages offer a cheap workout class called ‘Cage Fit,' for people who want to exercise without the drawbacks of going... more »
  • New plant will bring jobs to Iberville Parish

    April 23, 2015 10:07 AM

    PLAQUEMINE- Shintech will spend $1.4 billion to add an ethylene plant at its Iberville Parish facility. The company said in a news release that the plant will create 100 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $68,500, plus benefits. The new project will lift Shintech's total capital investment to... more »
  • New facility to create & retain jobs in Livingston

    March 21, 2015 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A food distribution company plans a $16 million capital investment to build a new facility in Walker. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Larry Daigle, general manager of Louisiana operations for The Martin-Brower Company, say the project will help retain 160 existing jobs and create 30 new jobs. Martin... more »
  • Job fair gives inmates necessary opportunities Play Video

    March 11, 2015 6:45 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Close to 300 inmates got the chance to sit with possible future employers at a job fair at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women. The women met with various representatives from different organizations. Job training in drafting and design, welding, agriculture and many other programs are... more »
  • Obama to announce effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

    March 9, 2015 2:37 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. Obama has obtained commitments from more than 300 employers as well as local governments in 20 regions of the country to train and hire high technology workers... more »
  • City-parish posts job openings for six new director positions

    February 17, 2015 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city posted its six job openings related to six newly-created divisions of city government Monday. Voters approved reorganizing the Department of Public Works in December. The six positions will serve as the chiefs of the new divisions, each tackling separate issues. The city is... more »
  • IBM to create 400 jobs in Monroe

    February 16, 2015 3:09 PM

    MONROE - IBM will create 400 new jobs in Monroe during the next 10 years. Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state also will provide $4.5 million in higher education funding at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University to create more computer science graduates... more »
  • A brush with Olympians

    February 10, 2015 7:42 PM

    NEW YORK- Potential Olympic gold medalist may wait on you the next time you go to Dick's Sporting Goods to shop. The U.S. Olympic Committee now has a sponsorship deal with the company and part of it means jobs at Dick's stores for athletes in training. The agreement runs... more »
  • Southern hosts IBM recruiters Play Video

    February 4, 2015 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University is getting their students a head start in the workforce. The school is fostering a relationship with The International Business Machines corporation (IBM) to get their students jobs and internships. IBM recruiters met with Southern students Wednesday to accept resumes and conduct interviews.... more »
  • La. jobless rate rises even as job totals hit record highs

    January 27, 2015 2:44 PM

    UNDATED - Louisiana's economy keeps creating jobs, but it can't keep up with the state's growing workforce. The state's unemployment rate rose in December for the eighth straight month, to 6.7 percent from 6.5 percent in November. Louisiana now ties for the sixth-highest jobless rate among the states. But at... 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 »
  • Jindal considering cuts to college fund he pushed to create

    January 27, 2015 9:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - When it was created last year, a $40 million incentive fund to pay for college programs that fill high-demand jobs in Louisiana was hailed as critical to both higher education and the state's workforce needs. Now, with the state grappling with deep budget problems, Gov. Bobby Jindal... more »
  • Obama visits GOP strongholds of Idaho, Kansas,

    January 22, 2015 2:31 AM

    LAWRENCE, KS - President Barack Obama likes to say there are no red states or blue states, just the United States of America. Yet his first two stops on the traditional post-State of the Union tour were in Republican "red" states. The White House says this is not a coincidence.... more »
  • Jump Start program preparing students for industry boom Play Video

    January 21, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana added nearly 19,000 industry jobs over the last year. As that number continues to grow, the Department of Education's Jump Start Program aims to fill the growing demand with skilled workers from Louisiana. Industry leaders will be meeting today to map out a blueprint for 2015... more »
  • Report: It takes more than $55k to live securely in BR

    January 13, 2015 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city has the second-highest cost of living in the state and, according to a new study by Loyola University, it is contributing to peoples' struggle to make ends meet. A family with two adults and two children must take home at least about $63,648 each year... more »
  • 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 »

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