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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 Dept. of Economic Development & Tourism 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
3rd Quarter 2016 $1,229.00
2015 $1,265.00
2014 $1,239.00
2013 $1,205.00
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
Source: LA Workforce Commission


unemployment / labor force 2013 2014 2015 2016
YTD 2017
Average Annual Unemployment Rate 6.1% 5.3% 5.8% 5.4% 4.9%
Average Annual Labor Force 24,601 25,370 25,761 25,535 24,982
February 2017 Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (Not Seasonally Adjusted/Preliminary)
Total Units  Employment Weekly Wage            ($)

St. Charles Parish 1,217  24,431 1,229
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
3  * *
Mining 6  42 1,291
Utilities 13  878 1,985
Construction 126  3,268 1,182
Manufacturing 68  4,879 2,010
Wholesale trade 119  2,168 1,173
Retail trade 131  1,515 644
Transportation and warehousing 85  2,189 1,271
Information 11  87 925
Finance and insurance 62  251 949
Real estate, rental and leasing 48  253 1,316
Professional and technical services 113  1,277 1,430
Management of companies and enterprises 12  * *
Administrative and waste services 97  1,176 930
Educational services 8  * *
Health care and social assistance 95  1,665 761
Arts, entertainment and recreation 22  242 329
Accommodation and food services 94  1,046 273
Other services except public administration 68  375 966
Public administration 36  857 1,029
Source: Louisiana Works / Department of Labor

major employers in ST. Charles parish

Business / Industry
Approximate # of Employees
Product / Service
St. Charles Parish Public Schools 1,756 Education Luling
Motiva & Shell Chemical 1,147 Oil refinery/Petrochemical manufacturer Norco 
Dow St. Charles 1,008 Chemicals and plastics Taft
Entergy, Waterford 3, Little Gypsy  683 Electricity provider Killona/Montz
Monsanto 654 Chemical manufacturer Luling
Valero St. Charles 580 Oil refinery Norco
St. Charles Parish Government 542 Government Hahnville
St. Charles Parish Hospital 483 Medical facility Luling
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office 413 Law enforcement Hahnville
Glazer's 325 Liquor distribution St. Rose
Wal-Mart      310 Retail Boutte
Occidental Chemical Corporation 305 Chemical manufacturer Taft
 Winn-Dixie 271 Retail Luling/Destrehan 
Randa 259 Manufacturer and distributor of men's accessories St. Rose
253 Retail Luling/Destrehan
International Matex Tank Terminals 180 Provider of bulk liquid handling services St. Rose
Bunge North America 149 Grain export and soy bean processing Destrehan
Hexion, Inc. 114 Specialty chemicals and materials Norco
 **All information, although deemed reliable, is subject to errors and omissions.**