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? 

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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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.

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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.

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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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.

A new report finds one in 10 adults working in the United States is not proficient in English. New Orleans ranks above the midway point on a list of 89 of the most populous metro areas.

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The entertainment industry is synonymous with Hollywood. But in recent years lots of film and TV production has migrated to what’s now become commonly known as “Hollywood South.” Louisiana and Georgia form the core of this new industry hub because both states offer tax incentives to film and TV productions. 

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Local Healthcare Sector Booms with Associate Degree Workers

Sep 22, 2014

Jobs that require only a two-year degree are the fastest growing in the healthcare sector. That’s especially true in the Baton Rouge area, according to the Brookings Institute. Roughly half of healthcare workers here have less than a bachelor’s degree, ranking Baton Rouge 17th among the top U.S. metros.


New Census data show that women in Louisiana are paid about two-thirds of what men are paid — the nation's largest gender pay gap.

Figures from 2013 show Mississippi's gap was much smaller: about average nationally, at 77 percent. But average pay for both men and women in Mississippi was the nation's lowest.

In Louisiana, men's pay was in the top half nationally but women's pay ranked 44th among the states and Washington, D.C.