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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 graduates have the essential aptitudes that are utilized in today’s workplace. Additionally, if new or prospective employees need training, the Economic Development and Tourism Department collaborates with various state agencies to establish customized workforce instruction to satisfy a business employment needs. 

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 on day one and beyond.

The FastStart team includes dozens of experienced professionals from a range of businesses, including manufacturing, digital media, customer support centers and research and development. 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.

Louisiana Economic Development Corporation Workforce Development and 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. The program is 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 helps employers cut training costs in half by providing a 50 percent 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 Service 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
Average Annual Unemployment Rate 6.9% 7.1% 6.3% 6.1% 5.3%
Average Annual Labor Force 25,259 23,939 24,846 24,601 25,370
December 2014 Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (Preliminary)

Total Units Weekly Wage
Total Units
Weekly Wage
St. Charles Parish 1,189 $1,174
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
3 *
Mining 7 $1,623
Utilities 14 $1,990
Construction 130 $1,135
Manufacturing 58 $1,976
Wholesale trade 117 $1,121
Retail trade 137 $559
Transportation and warehousing 80 $1,492
Information 10 $870
Finance and insurance 61 $834
Real Estate, rental and leasing 47 $1,053
Professional and technical services 116 $1,414
Management of companies and enterprises 8 *
Administrative and waste services 94 $902
Educational services 8 *
Health care and social assistance 84 $608
Arts, entertainment and recreation 23 $233
Accommodation and food services 90 $272
Other services except public administration 63 $897
Public administration 33 $916
Source: Louisiana Works / Department of Labor

major employers in st. Charles parish

Business / Industry
Product / Service
St. Charles Parish Public Schools 1,782 Education Luling
Dow St. Charles 997 Chemicals and 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 Government 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 Corp. 285 Chemical manufacturer Taft
Randa 259 Manufacturer and distributor of men's accessories St. Rose
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 and soy bean processing Destrehan
Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. 93 Specialty chemicals and materials Norco

Last updated: 2/2/2015 3:28:03 PM