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Workforce Development
Trained skilled workers are a valuable commodity in today’s highly competitive global market. An availability of employees who possess the necessary skills and knowledge gives businesses that extra edge. To assure new and expanding businesses they will have access to a pool of workers with the education and expertise necessary for their operations, area schools work closely with local businesses to ensure that their graduates have the essential aptitudes that are utilized in today’s workplace. Additionally, if new or prospective employees need training, the Economic Development Department collaborates with various state agencies to establish customized workforce instruction to satisfy a business’s employment needs. 

  • FastStart 
    FastStart provides customized employee recruitment, screening, training development and training delivery for eligible, new or expanding companies - all at no cost.  Based on a company 's immediate and long-term workforce needs, the FastStart team crafts unique programs that ensure high-quality, flexible workers are prepared day one and beyond.  The FastStart team includes dozens of experienced professionals from a range of businesses - manufacturing to corporate headquarters, digital media to customer support centers and R&D.  FastStart has designed and delivered comprehensive workforce solutions for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, as well as high-tech companies funded by leading venture capital firms.

  • LEDC Workforce Development & Training Program
    The purpose of this program is to develop and provide customized workforce training to existing and prospective Louisiana businesses. Unlike most other public training programs, LEDC’s program is designed to meet the diverse training needs of Louisiana businesses which are committed to the creation and upgrading or retention of specific jobs. Applicants can be individual companies or a consortium of companies operating in a related industry or field. Funding awards will be paid to recipient companies as a reimbursement of eligible training expenses. The types of training eligible for funding are Pre-Employment Training, On-The-Job Training, and Workplace-Based Retraining.

  • Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
    More WIA funding per capita is made available to Louisiana than to any other state. On-The-Job-Training (OJT) helps employers cut training costs in half by providing a 50% reimbursement of salary for training for up to six months.

  • Job Service
    A federally funded program maintained by the Louisiana Department of Employment and Training, Job Service files contain the largest supply of qualified job seekers in the state. Job listings which cannot be filled on a local basis are fed into a computerized system which brings the job order to placement interviewers in offices across the state. Employers may also use the facilities of any of the Job Services offices statewide to carry out their own prospective employee search. An employer may advertise a job opening in any area of the state and have a representative conduct interviews in Job Service offices where qualified applicants are available. 

Average Weekly Wage Paid
2013 $1,206.00
2012 $1,195.00
2011 $1,127.00
2010 $1,095.00
2009 $1,080.00
2008 $1,076.00
2007 $999.00
2006 $952.00
2005 $904.00
2004 $861.52
Source: LA Workforce Commission

 unemployment/labor force   2010   2011   2012  2013   2014 (YTD)
Avg. Annual Unemployment Rate





Avg. Annual Labor Force





August 2014 Unemployment Rate 5.9% (Preliminary)

Industry Total Units Weekly Wage
St. Charles Parish 1,190 $1,305
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, & Hunting 3 *
Mining 7 $1,620
Utilities 13 $2,592
Construction 133 $1,159
Manufacturing 57 $2,338
Wholesale Trade 115 $1,277
Retail Trade 135 $561
Transportation & Warehousing 82 $1,567
Information 12 $846
Finance & Insurance 61 $851
Real Estate, Rental, & Leasing 43 $1,330
Professional & Technical Services 119 $1,624
Management of Companies & Enterprises 8 *
Administrative & Waste Services 97 $864
Educational Services 8 *
Health Care & Social Assistance 83 $631
Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation 24 $301
Accommodation & Food Services 91 $241
Other Services, except Public Administration 61 $925
Public Administration 33 $1,039

Source: Louisiana Works/Dept. of Labor


Business / Industry Approximate Number
of Employees
Product / Service City
St. Charles Parish Schools 1782 Education Luling
Dow St. Charles 997 Chemicals & plastics Taft
Motiva 805 Oil refinery Norco
Entergy - Waterford 3     650 Electricity provider Killona
Monsanto 620 Chemical manufacturer Luling
Valero St. Charles 575 Oil refinery New Sarpy
St. Charles Parish Council 566 Government Hahnville
St. Charles Parish Hospital 497 Medical facility Luling
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office 430 Law enforcement Hahnville
Glazer's 315 Liquor distribution St. Rose
Wal-Mart      310 Retail Boutte
Occidental Chemical Corporation 285 Chemical manufacturer Taft
Randa 259 Manufacturer/distributor men's accessories St. Rose
Winn-Dixie (Luling 100, Destrehan 153) 253 Retail Luling/Destrehan
Shell Chemical      241 Petrochemical manufacturer Norco
International Matex Tank Terminals 168 Provider of bulk liquid handling services St. Rose
Bunge North America 151 Grain export & soy bean processing Destrehan
Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Inc. 93 Specialty chemicals & materials Norco

For further information please contact:

St. Charles Parish Department of Economic Development & Tourism
15012 River Road
P.O. Box 302
Hahnville, LA 70057
Telephone: (985) 783-5140
Fax: (985) 783-5144


Last updated: 10/7/2014 2:13:41 PM