Vacant jobs looking for qualified workers in Louisiana
Shana Rose Reporting
Even with unemployment over 8% nationally, there are still a lot of jobs that employers are having trouble filling both nationally and in Louisiana.
Manpower Group recently finished their 2012 survey on shortages, and a good portion of these don't require a college degree with skilled trades, engineers, IT staff, sales reps, drivers and mechanics all in short supply.
In the state there is significant growth in some sectors, with healthcare and industrial construction the top two upcoming needs says Curt Eysink, the head of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The industrial construction jobs will need all the accompanying skilled trades, and he projects they will be in high demand through this decade, as there are chemical plants coming, expansion in the petrochemical industry, plus levy, school and hospital construction planned.
He projects the construction work force demands could double in the next 3-4 years.
"Food services and accommodations, we're projecting that to grow by almost 19% by 2020," he says.
In the state there is significant growth in some sectors, and Eysink says so many workers will be needed that locals will have to be retrained and people will probably have to immigrate from other states.
"What it shows is, Louisiana, as a state is really getting its share of whatever job growth there has been nationally....We're blessed with that in Louisiana. A lot of other states would love to be in our shoes."
There is going to a huge demand in healthcare, allied health and all the technical positions in healthcare will be needed.
"We're doing a lot to work with those industry sectors to identify exactly how many people in which crafts and on what schedule they're going to need to hire."
Manpower says, "According to the more than 1,300 U.S. employers surveyed, the positions that are most difficult to fill include Skilled Trades, Engineers and IT Staff, all of which have appeared on the U.S. list multiple times since the survey began in 2006. The survey also highlights the most common reasons employers say they are having trouble filling jobs, including lack of available applicants, applicants looking for more pay and lack of experience."