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4:22 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

City Holds 'Bootcamp' Training For Jobs In Film And TV Production

Bootcamp participants wire themselves for walkie-talkie training.
Kate Richardson WWNO

Since 2002 Louisiana has provided incentives for the film and TV industry. Under the program, the state reimburses 30 percent of production expenses in the form of tax credits.

The city of New Orleans and surrounding parishes run workforce training sessions called Production Assistant Bootcamps. These help ensure that locals get jobs in the entertainment industry. This year's bootcamp took place at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. 

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7:16 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Report Finds Economic Potential For Foreign Students In New Orleans

A study released today by the Brookings Institution shows foreign students attending universities throughout the United States provide a key link to economic growth. The findings show New Orleans has an opportunity to expand its international trade.

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9:06 am
Thu August 28, 2014

IBM, other tech firms search high and low for native Louisianan techies

A handful of tech firms in the process of hiring hundreds of high-tech workers held an interview event Wednesday in Shreveport.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 10:00 am

A handful of companies that are hiring hundreds of tech workers were handpicked to participate in a hiring event Wednesday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Officials with Louisiana Economic Development’s workforce development program called FastStart put on a digital jobs interview event for companies like IBM, CGI and CenturyLink.

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7:29 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Louisiana Exports Rise In First Half Of 2014

Louisiana exports grew by 9.3 percent to $32.1 billion during the first half of the year. That's according to figures from the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

The export growth — fueled by agriculture and oil and gas goods — enabled Louisiana to remain in sixth place among all of the states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Louisiana accounted for 3.6 percent of the $804 billion in total U.S. exports through midyear.

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4:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New Orleans To Host Top Travel Trade Show In 2016

New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.
Maitri Flickr

New Orleans will host the largest travel industry show in North America in 2016.

The U.S. Travel Association's show, called IPW, was last held in New Orleans in 2002.

The group had planned to hold the five-day show in Greater Miami and The Beaches. However, the City of Miami Beach Commission decided to renovate and expand its convention center. The three-year project is scheduled to start next year.

Association President and CEO Roger Dow says it's a great reason to have to change venues, and he's sure the organization will return to Miami Beach after the expansion.

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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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