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Economy
8:09 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Loyola Study Finds Families Struggling To Meet Basic Needs

A Loyola University report finds nearly a quarter-million families in Louisiana are struggling to meet basic needs.

The school’s Jesuit Social Research Institute finds low wages, high housing and health-care costs and scarce child care are to blame.

Researcher Ali Bustamante says a Louisiana single parent with one child needs $45,840 a year  to meet a family's basic needs. That bracket needs a $22 hourly wage.

The three metro areas with the highest costs of living in Louisiana are — in order — New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

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Business & Technology
4:04 am
Tue January 13, 2015

In Louisiana, Cheaper Gas Can Pump People Full Of Anxiety

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 9:57 am

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Latest News
4:47 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Renters In New Orleans Paid $1.8 Billion To Landlords Last Year

Renters in New Orleans paid about $1.8 billion to landlords last year, an increase of about 5 percent from 2013.
Charleston's TheDigitel Flickr

A report by the real estate website Zillow says that renters in New Orleans paid about $1.8 billion to landlords last year, an increase of about 5 percent from 2013.

The uptick in rent dollars was linked to a combination of an increase in the number of renters on the market and rising rental costs.

While New Orleans was on par with the national average increase, other cities saw even bigger hikes in the money renters were paying out: San Francisco was up 13 percent, and the money Denver's renters paid was up by more than 10 percent.

Coastal Desk
2:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Ecotourism: A New Catch For Commercial Fishermen?

A fisherman sorts the day's catch on Tony Goutierrez's dock on Hopedale Highway in Hopedale, Louisiana.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

There’s a new push to get tourists in New Orleans off Bourbon Street and into nature. Eco-tourism is the new way to explore Louisiana, according to a new statewide campaign. And as commercial fishermen are seeing numbers drop in catch and profit, they’re considering the tourism industry as a way to make a living.  

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Listening Post NOLA
7:05 am
Thu November 20, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your Side Hustle?

A listener texted us this picture of a classic side hustle: bartending.
GroundSource

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post asks: what's your side hustle? What do you do to make extra cash? 

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Economy
7:06 am
Mon October 13, 2014

New Orleans Continues Embracing Workforce Development Trend

About 800 high school students will be heading to Delgado Community College later Monday to learn how they can get well-paying jobs without the traditional four-year degree. It’s the latest step in a growing trend of workforce development.

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Latest News
4:16 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

How Does Your Weekly Paycheck Stack Up Against Other Louisianians?

The average weekly wage in New Orleans is $950 dollars per week.
michael kooiman Flickr

If you were wondering how your weekly paycheck stacks up against other workers in the state, the Louisiana Workforce Commission released the numbers Monday.

St. Charles Parish had the highest average wage in the state — almost $1,300 per week.

In the Houma-Thibodaux area, weekly wages average $997.

The average weekly wage in New Orleans is $950 dollars per week, slightly higher than the $887 recorded for Lafayette.
 

Latest News
7:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Federal Office Of Management And Budget Director Tours Port of New Orleans

US Senator Mary Landrieu arranged a tour of the Port of New Orleans for Shaun Donovan, now the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Shaun Donovan became familiar with New Orleans as secretary of Housing and Urban Development for the past five years. Now, he’s looking at the city as the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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Education
6:59 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Delgado Awarded Grant For Job Training

Delgado Community College will be getting $2.5 million for workforce training.

Vice President Joe Biden announced the 270 community colleges across the country that would receive money to train people for jobs expected in their areas.

Delgado will be focusing on energy and advanced manufacturing jobs.

Employers involved in the program include ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin and Phillips6,

Delgado will offer training programs that meet employer and industry needs. 

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Listening Post NOLA
7:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Listening Post Asks: How Many Dollar Stores Are There In Your Neighborhood?

Dollar store business is booming across the country and in New Orleans.
Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post team asks: do dollar stores reflect the economy where they are built, or do they drive the economic identity of the area? 

If you add up the Dollar Generals, Family Dollars, Dollar Trees, and throw in ten or so Save-a-Lots, you’re pretty close to 100 or more dollar-type stores in the New Orleans area.

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