employment http://wwno.org en Insight: Baton Rouge 'Beyond Shovel Ready' http://wwno.org/post/insight-baton-rouge-beyond-shovel-ready <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="The Baton Rouge Profile from the Brookings Institution report, Beyond Shovel Ready." data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201405/Screen_Shot_2014-05-16_at_5.42.10_AM.png" alt="" /><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The Brookings Institution's latest analysis of metro economic data, <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/infrastructure-jobs#/M10420">"The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure jobs,"</a> focuses on infrastructure employment for the first time.<p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 20px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The Baton Rouge area is ranked 15th nationally for the share of overall employment made up by infrastructure jobs.&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/051614_Insight_Brookings.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 10:53:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 60824 at http://wwno.org Report: New Orleans A National Leader In Infrastructure Jobs http://wwno.org/post/report-new-orleans-national-leader-infrastructure-jobs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A report released Friday by the Brookings Institution shows New Orleans as having one of the leading workforces in infrastructure business in the nation. The jobs that fall under that new category are paying high wages and are expected to last for several years.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 60400 at http://wwno.org City Changing Hiring Process To Help Applicants With Criminal Records Re-Enter Workforce http://wwno.org/post/city-changing-hiring-process-help-applicants-criminal-records-re-enter-workforce <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The City of New Orleans is eliminating an initial obstacle from its employment process. Job applicants won’t have to immediately disclose a criminal conviction.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 50234 at http://wwno.org A Writer's 'Cold, Calculated Acts Of Kindness' http://wwno.org/post/writers-cold-calculated-acts-kindness After he was laid off in 2008, writer T.M. Shine adopted a unique approach to finding a job. He says his new goal is being nice to people, and he put that right at the top of his resume. Host Michel Martin speaks with Shine about his journey from unemployment back to work, which he wrote about for this week's Washington Post Magazine. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:48:00 +0000 Michel Martin 15843 at http://wwno.org Labor: Louisiana day cares violating wage laws http://wwno.org/post/labor-louisiana-day-cares-violating-wage-laws <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The U.S. Department of Labor says more north Louisiana child care businesses are paying workers a legal wage after a crackdown by the Wage and Hour Division. But it says a majority of such businesses in Bossier, Caddo, East Carroll, Lincoln and Ouachita parishes are still breaking the law.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:12:40 +0000 The Associated Press 15688 at http://wwno.org Out-Of-Work Teens Struggle Later http://wwno.org/post/out-work-teens-struggle-later Transcript <p>MARIA HINOJOSA, HOST: <p>I'm Maria Hinojosa, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, murders in Chicago are on the rise. We'll ask why and what's being done about it. That's in a few minutes.<p>But, first, to matters of personal finance. Remember pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps? Well, economic mobility is getting tougher in this country, especially for the poorest people in our society. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:27:00 +0000 Maria Hinojosa 15429 at http://wwno.org Audit: Job-Training Program Overspends http://wwno.org/post/audit-job-training-program-overspends <p>BATON ROUGE &mdash; A new report from the Legislative Auditor&#39;s Office says a state job-training and employment program spent between $3 million and $5 million more on transportation than it should have compared to practices used in other states. Authorities say the program, known as STEP, also failed to meet its goals for getting welfare recipients back to work.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:12:07 +0000 The Associated Press 13606 at http://wwno.org Veterans Job Fair Features 70 Companies http://wwno.org/post/veterans-job-fair-features-70-companies <p>More than 250 veterans are expected to attend a job fair Friday&nbsp;at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s part of a national campaign designed to help veterans as well as military spouses. Thu, 10 May 2012 14:22:56 +0000 Eileen Fleming 10716 at http://wwno.org Senators Reject Bill Removing Smoker Protection http://wwno.org/post/senators-reject-bill-removing-smoker-protection <p>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) &mdash; A bid to repeal a law that bans employers from discriminating against smokers has failed to win traction in the Legislature.</p><p>The repeal, sought by hospitals and health care leaders, was narrowly rejected in a 3-2 vote by the Senate labor committee amid concerns it could lead to widespread firings by employers.</p><p>More than 20 years ago, legislators passed a law protecting smokers from workplace discrimination.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:29:06 +0000 The Associated Press 9601 at http://wwno.org