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Posted: Saturday, 17 May 2014 1:51PM

Jobs aplenty awaiting Louisiana college grads



LSU, Tulane and UNO all held graduation ceremonies this weekend. Dillard University's Class of 2014 graduated last Friday.

And, Louisiana is offering a graduation gift to all the state's graduates.

Even with record high numbers in college graduation rates, Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink says there's more opportunity for graduates now than ever before in the state.

He says there's a healthy job market in a number of sectors throughout Louisiana.

"High-tech jobs, computer science and jobs for engineers...we have health care jobs, we have manufacturing jobs, transportation jobs around the state and there are jobs in these sectors for, really, different levels of education."

Eyesink says Louisiana's labor force is also currently at a record high.

But, whether you have a degree from a technical or community college, or a four year university, you're in great shape in Louisiana. He says not only do we have overall growth and health in our labor markets, but there are more than 60 billion dollars worth of projects coming to our state and most of those have not yet begun work.

"And, when those projects come on line and go to production and normal operations, there's going to be a really strong uptick in the occupations and folks who will operate those plants," says Eyesink.

He sees an enormous amount of growth for several years to come in Louisiana. And, he says with all these new jobs coming, more money will be injected into local communities which will help industries like food service, retail and hospitality.

"And, it's going to cause growth in our schools so we'll need more teachers," Eyesink says. "With bigger communities, we'll need more police officers...you name it..more roads and sewers and everything else." 

Eyesink says Louisiana's unemployment rate remains the best in the 17-state Southern region.

LSU is graduating its most diverse class ever this year. Of the more than 63-hundred students participating in graduation ceremonies this weekend, over 34-hundred are female, 570 are African American, and 240 are Hispanic.

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