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Demographics

A profile of Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish is the most economically viable community in Louisiana, leading the state in job growth. It also led the nation in job growth for the quarter ending September 2006 according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in April 2007. The area is not only the region’s economic engine, but boasts the largest population in the state. This makes for an educated and diverse workforce – a benefit that continues to draw new business to the Parish.

Here are just a few of the facts:

  • Jefferson Parish is home to over 1/3 of all high-tech employment in the metro area
  • 3,000 new businesses added since 2006
  • Over 33,000 businesses currently in operation
  • 826 high-tech firms currently employ 9,987 workers

If your business needs a skilled and affordable workforce, there’s no place like Jefferson Parish.

Availability & Cost of Labor

  • Jefferson Parish and the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) have a large, educated workforce.
  • The Jefferson Workforce Connection brings job seekers and employers together.

The table below gives the average annual wage of various occupations by Metropolitan Statistical Area; rate and employment by industry. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006

Occupation New Orleans Atlanta Birmingham Dallas Jackson Jacksonville
Accountant $58,800 $61,690 $57,180 $60,980 $60,540 $55,490
Electrical Engineer $81,460 $75,650 $77,380 $83,110 $51,200 $72,250
Teacher Elementary $40,560 $47,860 $40,780 $44,130 $38,560 $40,870
Teacher Secondary $41,090 $49,460 $42,160 $43,980 $39,740 $44,120
Registered Nurse $58,580 $56,350 $52,420 $59,010 $52,310 $53,440

 

Education and Training Programs

Workforce Development and Training Program

  • Provides funding to new or expanding businesses to develop customized pre-employment or workforce upgrade training programs
  • For additional information, contact the Louisiana Department of Economic Development at (225) 342-5375.

On-The-Job Training (OJT)

  • Reimburses 50% of qualified wages during the training of new or existing employees with occupational skills that are typically required to obtain employment or advance within the company
  • For additional information, contact the Jefferson Workforce Connection at (504) 227-1283 (Gretna office) or (504) 888-0145 (Metairie office).

Incumbent Worker Training Program

  • Can pay most of a company’s new eligible training costs, including equipment, teaching materials and instructor time
  • Provides customized training for existing employees as well as pre-employment training for non-incumbent workers by an approved training provider
  • Employers must have been in business in the state for at least three years and contributing to and in full compliance with the state unemployment insurance tax laws.
  • Additional information is available at the Department of Labor website, www.laworks.net.

Small Business Employee Training Program

  • Designed for employers of up to 50 people
  • Employers must have been in business in the state for at least three years and in full compliance with the state unemployment insurance tax laws.
  • Employees may obtain training from any approved standardized training course or program from an institution, trade association or the manufacturer of a specific piece of equipment.
  • Additional information is available at the Department of Labor website, www.laworks.net.

Jefferson Workforce Connection

  • Provides job recruitment and applicant screening assistance
  • Administers OJT
  • Houses the largest state database of qualified job seekers; job listings that cannot be filled locally are fed into the database
  • The West Bank home of Louisiana Department of Labor can be reached at (504) 227-1283

Job Service

  • The unemployment office of the Louisiana Department of Labor is located on the East Bank at 3216 David Dr. in Metairie and can be reached at (504) 888-0145
  • Louisiana Technical College (LTC) – Jefferson Campus (Metairie) and West Jefferson Campus offers several courses including, but not limited to, Computer Electronics Technology; Culinary Arts & Occupations; Film and Video Production; Pipe Fitter Fabricator; Practical Nursing; Electrician; and Office Systems Technology
  • LTC campuses have partnered with Delgado Community College to provide students with more opportunities, access and choices