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
4th Quarter 2019 $1,352.00
2018  $1,351.00 
2017 $1,317.00 
2016  $1,266.00
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
Source: LA Workforce Commission


unemployment / labor force 2016 2017 2018 2019
YTD 2020
Average Annual Unemployment Rate 5.4% 4.6% 4.3% 4.1% 8.7%
Average Annual Labor Force 25,535 25,218 25,486 25,144 24,550
May 2020 Unemployment Rate: 13.6% (Not Seasonally Adjusted/Preliminary)
Total Units  Employment Weekly Wage            ($)

St. Charles Parish 1,261  24,436 1,308
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
       3       *    *
Mining        4           52 1,424
Utilities      13    1,027 2,210
Construction    126    2,737 1,338
Manufacturing      67    4,617 2,119
Wholesale trade    106
   1,925 1,278
Retail trade    150    1,928    628
Transportation and warehousing      93    2,402 1,353
Information        7       119    930
Finance and insurance      64       244    945
Real estate, rental and leasing      54       308 1,332
Professional and technical services    129    1,054 1,616
Management of companies and enterprises      11         41 1,113
Administrative and waste services      96    1,123    828
Educational services        7       *     *
Health care and social assistance      98    1,363    765
Arts, entertainment and recreation      24       309    265
Accommodation and food services    102    1,134    298
Other services except public administration      72       343 1,080
Public administration      35       808 1,092
Source: Louisiana Works / Department of Labor

major employers in ST. Charles parish

Business / Industry
Approximate # of Employees
St. Charles Parish Public Schools 1,700 Education Luling
Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex 1,200 Petrochemical facility Norco 
Dow St. Charles 991 Chemicals and plastics Taft
Entergy, Waterford 3 800 Electricity provider Killona
Bayer 750 Chemical manufacturer Luling
Valero St. Charles 550 Oil refinery Norco
St. Charles Parish Government 482 Government Hahnville
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office 375  Law enforcement Luling
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits 328 Liquor distribution St. Rose
St. Charles Parish Hospital 300 Medical facility Luling
Winn-Dixie (Luling 78, Destrehan 180)     258 Retail Luling/Destrehan
Randa 200 Men's accessories St. Rose
Occidental Chemical Corporation 196 Chemical manufacturer Luling/Destrehan 
Walmart 168 Retail Boutte
International Matex Tank Terminals 166 Bulk liquid handling St. Rose
Bunge North America 147 Grain export and soy bean processing Destrehan
 **All information, although deemed reliable, is subject to errors and omissions.**      
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