Louisiana Workforce Commission

Red River Radio
10:55 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Louisiana higher ed leaders eager to roll out workforce plan

University of Louisiana System president Sandra Woodley is promoting a plan to address workforce challenges in Louisiana.

When the Louisiana Legislature convenes next month it will consider whether to fund a $40 million plan to create a pot of money that the state’s colleges and universities can compete over. Penned by higher education system leaders, the so-called WISE (Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy) plan is meant to help remedy niche labor shortages in the state.

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Economy
9:56 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Weekly Claims for Unemployment Insurance Rise

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 23, increased from the previous week's total.

The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,918 from the previous week's total of 2,426. Initial claims were below the comparable week a year earlier at 2,664.

The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,825 from the previous week's total of 2,821.

Hurricane Isaac
10:13 am
Fri September 7, 2012

$3.6M grant will fund cleanup hiring

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $3.6 million grant to the Louisiana Workforce Commission that will fund temporary jobs for cleanup efforts following Hurricane Isaac.

The grant, announced Thursday, will affect hiring in Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and, West Feliciana parishes.

Hurricane Isaac
2:09 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Louisiana asks for $3.4M labor emergency grant

Louisiana's labor department is asking the federal government for $3.4 million to pay unemployed state residents to help with cleanup work after Hurricane Isaac.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Monday that it's filed a request for an emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The commission estimates the grant could pay salaries for about 450 people, along with career counseling and other work force assistance. Residents directly harmed by the storm would get priority for the work.