New Orleans' job-growth paradox

Chris Miller
September 13, 2017 - 7:45 am

Job opportunities in New Orleans are slowly growing, but the jobs that are in demand may be facing a shortage of qualified workers.

Unemployment is down slightly, and the number of jobs it up slightly over the last year -- 720, according to the UNO Division of Business Economics and Research. While the numbers aren't great, UNO business dean John Williams says the region seems poised to have job openings that won't fit the local populations skill set.

"I think what we have to look at are the areas of need for that job growth," said Williams. 

"Key jobs, the service industries, and I think as the biomedical corridor starts to flourish, I think there's going to be a great need for jobs there, and I'm not simply talking about the clinical types, but all those peripheral jobs." "Maintenance, and all the other positions that support health care organizations, I think you're going to see a great need there."

Williams said the region needs to train its local workforce and try and use the demand to convince non-locals to relocate to the area.

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