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8:09 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Drop In First-Time Unemployment Claims

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 28 decreased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,577 from the previous week's total of 2,604. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 3,027.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,791 from the previous week's total of 2,891.

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6:49 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Brookings Report Finds New Orleans Lagging In Foreign Investment

A new report finds New Orleans lagging behind in attracting foreign investment. It says the region is losing jobs and the wider financial benefits that come along with international money.

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5:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Insight: Baton Rouge 'Beyond Shovel Ready'

The Baton Rouge Profile from the Brookings Institution report, Beyond Shovel Ready.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:25 am


The Brookings Institution's latest analysis of metro economic data, "The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure jobs," focuses on infrastructure employment for the first time.

The Baton Rouge area is ranked 15th nationally for the share of overall employment made up by infrastructure jobs. 

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7:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Report: New Orleans A National Leader In Infrastructure Jobs

New Orleans ranked 14th on a list of 100 metropolitan areas with strong infrastructure economies.
Credit Erin Krall / WWNO

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.

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1:23 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Louisiana Workers Push For An Increase In The Federal Minimum Wage

Louisiana workers who support raising the federal minimum wage rally in front of Senator Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office on Monday.
Janaya Williams WWNO

A statewide bill to increase the minimum wage failed in Baton Rouge last week. Now, Louisiana workers are taking the issue to the federal level.

A group of mostly restaurant workers gathered in front of the New Orleans office of Senator Mary Landrieu on Monday to deliver a simple message: Minimum wage earners work hard, but often struggle to make ends meet.

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11:01 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Energy analyst: Drilling activity in Haynesville Shale will pick up

Matthew Koch, vice president of the Institute for 21st Century Energy, will speak to the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:36 am

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce will host an energy analyst Wednesday who will give a forecast on natural gas development in northwest Louisiana and across the nation.

Matthew Koch, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s institute for 21st Century Energy, says natural gas is well positioned to lead the U.S. energy sector.

Chemical companies rely on it and demand from exports is brisk, according to Koch. With Louisiana’s energy infrastructure in place, he says the Haynesville Shale natural gas deposit will be busy again.

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3:17 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Committee Says No to Higher Minimum Wage

Workers await their time to testify on minimum wage bills.

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 4:01 pm

The House Labor Committee heard and rejected several bills Thursday, aimed at setting a state minimum wage higher than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

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4:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Study: Funding Master Plan Would Create Jobs

According to a new study, funding Louisiana's master plan for the coast will bring jobs and other economic benefits.
Arthur Belala Wikimedia Commons

A study commissioned by an environmental group says funding the state's multi-billion-dollar, 50-year plan for coastal protection and restoration would create anywhere from 109,000 to 212,000 permanent jobs while spurring the economy with billions in spending related to the projects.

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7:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

GNO, Inc. Celebrates Flood Insurance Changes And Overall Economic Outlook

The annual assessment by the economic development group Greater New Orleans, Inc. comes as one of its priority projects — reforming flood insurance — sailed through the U.S. Senate. The organization is also celebrating what it sees as a glowing economic climate for southeast Louisiana.

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5:25 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Hollywood South Casting Finds Local Talent, Anywhere

A 'casting composite'.
Credit Allen Murabayashi

Thanks to today’s technology, we can now do many things without leaving the comfort of our homes.  That now includes becoming a movie star. Casting director James Bearb, founder and CEO of Hollywood South Casting discusses this evolving facet of the film industry.  

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