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6-5-14 3:10pm Angela: on the NOLA job market

Jun 5, 2014|

Angela talks about the job outlook for 2014 graduates with demographer Allison Plyer, Bryan Moore of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and Nadiyah Morris of Workforce Development for New Orleans.

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We hear so much about the jobs that will be coming on line when the new medical complex opens. And of the high tech jobs it has moved into our area and the retail jobs now filling the rebuild river walk and Costco. But more than all those jobs put together are the jobs that will be available in oil and gas industry. And in water management in the very near future. Were talking tens of thousands of jobs. The big question is will we have the workforce to fill them. Here to talk about the jobs and how this energy boom might affect southeast Louisiana. Is Alice supplier. Executive director and chief demographer for the data center. Brian Moore director of workforce development with the Louisiana workforce commission. And -- Morris director of workforce development for New Orleans and I'm thrilled that all three of you were here. This is important we have talked about this short of. In a more scattered away and as you call Allison in particular we were inundated with calls from wonderful business people. In dire needs and concerns. About trying to -- there. Their own employment rolls. And we encourage anybody who has a business out there who might be listening who is any thoughts. And any needs don't hesitate to call us 260187260187. Let's start with. Why are we looking at all these jobs what's going to be happening. To create the -- Will you know I think the. And the jobs that you're mentioning in particular that are related to energy -- oil and -- jobs they have to do with manufacturing. I'm and then ultimately will have water management jobs as you mentioned the energy jobs really are because of the abundance of natural gas in America right now M there's. Hundreds of fracking happening as folks now in North Dakota and Pennsylvania there's even a little -- by announcing -- but putting that aside. The massive fracking that's happening nationwide is producing an abundance of natural gas making very inexpensive and here and -- easy. We use natural gas to for electricity. So we know we've heard recently you know Virginia uses coal other places use nuclear -- we use natural gas. And that means that that manufacturers of all types can do things much more inexpensively here. Because for the foreseeable future everyone expects natural gas to be inexpensive. So wild you know the state and the federal government have invested two billion dollars in building and you hospital right downtown that we -- There's twenty billion dollars in petrochemical and engineering and advancement -- energy and advanced manufacturing going on around the region. You know up the river between here in Baton Rouge down at home to the -- all around we'll see. Here in all of -- it's not right for less than factually ten times as much as the hospitals -- -- And that that blew my mind when I respect I think that's what we see those big buildings going up and and and that will be a very positive but it is what we're not saying let's talk about the specific jobs. Will be out there. These are the jobs that will be along the river which are talking about. So there's Amazon in Japan petrochemical is sort of am I mean chunk of it but there's a lot of different kinds of manufacturing and energy jobs. Am and what's -- mean these jobs is that. They are. Are called Mittal steel many many of them and so partners managers and engineers and also some of the labor but that's hot and welders and letters and all kinds of jobs that you can get high school degree and an and then maybe to. And so you know it's sort of -- -- of how things were in the 60s70s. Right when folks could graduate from high school. And then get a little bit extra training and make good waitress now. Their hiring -- after thirteen week training for 70000 dollars 70000. Dollars. You driving along just turned 70000 dollars so wonderful salary right. And it compounded and I am not Sally is compatible and number of people needed is compounded by the fact that the baby boomers retire. Like -- that sort of a Renaissance of countless in the sixties and seventies -- all those books books -- those jobs in manufacturing chemicals and energy in the region. Now retiring just huge number of them so it's like a tsunami of job openings so not only are we creating more jobs in the fields. About then we aren't in fields like digital media. But we're. But the number of openings is essentially quadrupled. The retirement of the baby boomers you have baby boomers retiring from digital media right so -- and -- thought. So what and so went the workforce folks around who are with us who you know will. Went up at like the openings is what counts while economic development folks are interested in job growth writes the workflow reports -- taking ethnic the folks working workforce have to deal -- Have to deal with the job openings right -- concern about not only the new jobs but also. All the retirements and how many openings creates. You know we have talked with felt lobby we have talked with that but we just to John -- the superintendent of education near this week you know who is doing all kinds of things. Tracking people toward college but with also the realization. That you know what. Only 20% of the people in the state college and so there's an awful lot of people that we do mean to orient toward training. And perhaps a two year. That's right yeah you know. Am in Finland as I understand on an education expert but am they're sort of renowned for their education system and a in high school. Help students determine whether they wanna go on a college aware that they would prefer to do a trade. And we have had a system as I understand that is so focused on college especially locally in in recent years but certainly nationwide. That what part of that that is partly contributed to and an enormous gap in these middle skill occupations. Nationwide so while we're desperately in need of welders and pictures and -- a success -- so is the whole country right and so. A lot of folks are concerned that you know we won't fill these jobs with local residents and then instead we'll just recruit people from elsewhere. But in north become a hard time filling right jobs right in -- paying higher and higher wages in order to get more folks from from where they can get. So not only do we have to recruit we -- need to recruit people but we also need to train people. And I think that is why we wanna do to show that the jobs are going to be out there. It's connecting. People who are interested if they -- learn a new trade if they're doing something right now but they want change. 70000 dollars. Now that's a lot it is I want everyone to stay with this we're going to be talking to our workforce people. And we're gonna continue the discussion with Alison non who has just as. Walking wealth of information and data and stay with this and Angela under the W. While we are back and were talking about we're talk about jobs and we're talking about a big boom in jobs. And but is what were all talking about what a wonderful problem to have. With too many jobs got to find the people got to get them trained and but the opportunities going to be there. Alison prior with the fire -- -- executive director and chief demographer with the data center. Put out a report in January that is fascinating there were a couple things I just wanted to clarify. You have a map here and showing a bunch of parishes in southeast Louisiana and I'm just gonna take Orleans and Jefferson but the others are -- well. In my reading correctly that there are a 100521. People in Orleans and 91019. People in Jefferson. Who are of working age who are not working -- yeah so that's almost 200000 people who are. Working age but not working that's at. -- is that divided down and by people who are just choosing not to work or are can't find a job who have given up finding a job. Right still. There's a lot of ways to measure unemployment the typical way that the you know the federal statistical agencies reports. It is. How many people are looking for work and not right and so on an area can happen and -- here have a pretty low unemployment rate. But sometimes you with that doesn't take into account is all the people who have given up looking for work right so it's from where it's really hard to distinguish is between people who have given up looking for work and people who are. Choosing not to look for a cause there may be you know stay at home moms or right after their situation that's right. So what we put -- the number just all non working adults because there's another measure called labor force participation. And we have a load labor force participation rate. And so what that's trying to get it is. We know is that there are a lot of folks here who have given up there looking for work we can quantify. But we do know we have a lot of able bodied and so. Even -- a low unemployment rate. We actually have a lot of -- have to slow labor force participation numbers how and why why do we have -- participation well and you know. A couple of reasons that'll drive that one is the low wages are so many of our jobs pay you know most regions any region has a lot of retail jobs and of course those -- lower wages but. One of our major drivers is tourism and it's a very low wage industries largely. And so so folks it's really not enough motivation for folks to get a job and sometimes it pays solo right. Compared to perhaps the benefits or the supports and what it cost the -- child care -- right. And so they get a lower labor force participation the other than his course over years. You know we've had declining. Good paying jobs since the port declined as -- gas declined in the east. We lost a lot of good paying jobs and -- so then. You have some of the generation of folks who who have been raised by folks who don't have job right and so they don't have the exposure. To the labor force into the work world and so -- in places like to treat you have those labor force participation as well. I'm so our challenge now is all those folks who haven't had exposure to some of the work world -- and even their parents have exposure for the work world. We need to expose them because we've had a change in those trajectories and we need to get them back and. -- absolutely well this is every reason why we're doing the show it and hopefully people who were listening. Are picking up on you have a bright future here yep and that's why we're so happy to have Brian Moore who again is the director of the workforce development with the state. And Dutton a DM Morris who's the director of workforce development for New Orleans -- and so. It is trying to find these people salute and then connecting them to what ever they -- in training for these jobs. Correct. And so here in New Orleans so I I have I guess the fortunate pleasure. Just irresponsible for New Orleans here's my colleague is responsible for the entire state. With the mayor's office of workforce development that is what we try to do so to connect individuals to. Opportunities that we have. Here in New Orleans and around New Orleans as as Alison pointed out. And moving forward until we can look at some of our recent successes I -- so you mentioned retail. There was a retail boom of sorts in the world and because we had such a lack of retail here in the city. And it brought many many jobs of the river -- 16100 jobs and that the last time -- on your show it was actually the grand opening well that -- what job fair. And we're happy to report that over 80% of those jobs went to local folks and the way that we connected them was accused out -- that we hosted at the convention center. Where over 4000 people came out. And look for employment and met with employers who were willing to hear them how willing to take their resonates in offer them an opportunity in short order. Costco has great wages great jobs. We helped them reach out to the community in which they are currently located. And in that community is often economically depressed in and around that area so we did a significant amount of out reach. Offer customer service training to those individuals. Help them navigate the online system so that they can apply it appropriately and -- met and exceeded and continues to exceed their local hiring rate. Hovering somewhere around 55%. So we will continue to do those types of efforts and looking at what are some of the potential barriers right. That individuals might experience in our community and how -- we eliminate and reduce those barriers. One is around information and I think that's what we're doing today is sharing so here's what's coming down the pike we don't need to wait until folks are screaming and saying -- my guy with the closed doors when I don't want that to happen. Because we don't have a qualified workforce so what we're doing is educating us in this is coming you -- to start thinking about. Whether this is an industry that you're interested in. Need to start talking to you're young people about is this something you might consider. And start to make those plans for that because we will be offering training. Inside the city and with our partners at Delgado in some of the other community colleges and so. It's literally vote that training a lot let's -- for instance. You had mentioned welders and their other other jobs like that. Double play pay wonderful salaries correct and so you will say. X company needs. 200 or 500 of these particular workers and then with Delgado or another group. Start training for that specific thing that so here's our goal is to really make sure that we can anticipate. The types of jobs in the demand so that's working very closely with employers to say. When he expecting some additional jobs to come on line or some of your current retirees to go off line. What do those jobs in women win when are we expecting that and then the time the training appropriately. And so yes working with Delgado. We can say here's employer. Dugout he created training do you have an existing training and we have experience into limbo. So there is kind of current curriculum and then we have experience working with Delgado creating a customized curriculum which is fantastic. And then timing it's such that those individuals can compete for the job once they're open so we don't wanna do it too soon. Where people might feel frustrated righted the Internet over saturated market. So -- it's it's about timing and show based on allison's report. We will continue to get the Intel that we need and those trains will become an online. In in a timely manner that is appropriate for the job openings I'm just thinking about all of the jobs over the loss of Annandale teams that have those kinds of work and probably some of them have retired maybe but that there certainly has to be some people out there that are saying thank heaven. This is going to be happening yet and we worked with the state closely in terms of their rapid response. It's an avenue on the other. Experiences like that's Arlen Brian share my those opportunities were and what some of those investments where for those and it's you know what we're gonna pick it up -- if we -- breaking go to. Newsroom but only combat we do wanna hear about that stay with -- I'm Angela under the WL. Talking about jobs were talking about but actually were talking about the workforce needs. Of an industry that is starting to explode and that's the energy industry oil and gas and as a Allison -- players said very soon water management and these are jobs that are going to be well paying jobs where families can be raised. A return I really loved what you said to return to the way it used to be. And so so people need to be very alert and I think that's what John. The idea Morris with the city and Brian Moore with the states. Were forced commissions are are Seng. Now is the time to be thinking about. What you wanna do because there will be training available hopefully. For everyone if you're not already and finish high school. Finish high school looked to the two year programs that RD exist and then beyond that the alert for something that will be created -- talk to us. Absolutely is it's all about Angela. About educating our workforce -- existing workforce but more importantly our future workforce -- young people. Two better understand. The job that's going to exist long term and state and Louisiana particular right in India New Orleans region because I think. -- history in this state unfortunately has been. Training how well power. Young people for jobs that do not exist in Louisiana and so you have people going to four year colleges when most of the demand occupations that pay well. Actually do not require a four year degrees and so people get a four year college degree and can't find -- is an in depth. Moving. And we lose our problem that's the brain drain that we'll talk about right. And so is really about about educating. -- workforce. But no in ought to post that properly educate the -- -- we have to make sure that -- -- we're having conversations with business and industry. And and make sure that we are building this demand driven system that is responding to the demands that employs. Short term demands long term demand and building that pipeline. That that people can get on as early as fifth sixth grade to start thinking about what does Johnny one of the when he grows up -- noted that -- understand you have to be able to give -- As much information -- to his parents and grandparents into the career councils that these schools is possible thought about time. Johnny gets in high school. He understands. What he is she wants to do what is gonna take in terms of education and training costs associated with that. To to actually end up landing. A career not just the job -- and. And that is it that you know the last time we did -- show I think when -- this year we got a number of calls from employers. Who were discouraged frankly because they were saying. These are people who hang wallpaper these are people that these are very good jobs. But ditch their concern that they're not gonna pass their businesses on to others because there's nobody coming up the pike. And one man seven time almost haunted by it that he got a young man and so I'm gonna teach you everything going out. This is a wonderful profession. The kid showed Ashley young man showed up. One time and didn't show up again and call the man in just said you know I talked to my friends and I'm not gonna do it. It was it was interpreted as this isn't gonna be good enough for me. And that's painful because we have somehow. In society. Sort of relegated some work that is an honorable. And and that's insane because this is this is give me a plumber any day give me that electrician any day in. That the air conditioning guy -- Please know how special these jobs are. Right you know and we were talking about that last and that those are jobs that can't be outsourced right -- even a computer programmer you know one day that -- could go off to India or. And you know I historian or in any of these jobs you know an editor write all these jobs could go off to some other country where as. You can't do plumbing from elsewhere right and so I was just innocent folks in San Francisco the other day with you just have an incredible shortage of these special skills. Workers and they said you know Takashi 300 dollars to have somebody -- and -- -- Twitter and you have to wait a month a year village is no way to get a. Any don't get the homeowner should tell you that that the construction phrase that those craft new divisions made very good money and they've got a lot of money enemy hands. Yes I got ahead but but somehow we have to in -- teaching in school is over saying what does Marion Johnny wanna do when they grow up. Showed those professions. As the good job that they are an -- and the important jobs are -- that's the better word this is important to our society. I wanted to read one quick comment that came from allison's report. And she sang the need for labor to support this impending booms can be fast. In all likelihood recruiting high school graduates in helping downsized workers re purpose their skills will be necessary but insufficient. Ultimately the focus will tilt to the local adult population. That may have little work experience. Many may have disconnected from the formal labor market for extended periods of time. So now we have to introduce sir this comprehensive. Job training -- what does it mean to be an employee. You know. -- hope to get an answer to that soon I. Islamic and other -- employers. So the mayor's office we are beginning an initiative can't prepare no. And what that is is looking at the definition of what it means to be work ready. From an employer's standpoint so what are the characteristics of a successful employee. My guess is that there will be some things that cut across all industry. So you can look for that survey to come out within the next seven to ten business days. And the only way that we can get to that point is if we have business to really participate and say what's important so. Of course showing up the next day right -- a positive attitude. Is -- customer service oriented do we have interpersonal skills that are required what are you seeing what are you seeing on a daily basis and then what needs to happen. So once that happens what's -- the definition we'll have a standardized curriculum working with other partners in the field to teach individuals at no cost. Throughout the community. How to be successful how to be successful landing a job and then retaining it. And then employers can now you know if this person has been prepared if there part of prepared no. And they show up -- my doing -- and -- minimally they've met the requirement. That acts. Is important to me. So that's the foundational piece. And then there's a -- around those specific occupational skills right as a that's where I don't battles coming and making sure we connect those individuals to implement to Tibet train. But being work ready. Is slightly akin to also been training so people often talk about that right those same skills that are necessary to be successful one job. Are also necessary be successful in training as a there's this pre requisite this precursor that we really have not had a comprehensive shattering its strategy around yet. That we will be ruling one out -- so. We look forward to the arrogant and on that yeah yeah. Just to add to that Angela and and both Allison an idea right on point and that is what and and -- well world or we called soft skills train her. And so when we talked employers and business and industry irrespective of which industry is and you act and for the top ten things that they're looking for an employee. Before they get to the actual skills and credentials one -- that they talk about attitude and work ethic and getting along well with the co workers showing up to work on time you know. Though showing up showing up period the price run ups over and in the sound mind and ready to. Get to work immediately and put in a holidays work for an honest days pay. And so we have to make sure that we have. All those systems in place to really deal that. That cadre of of individuals who will be prepared and at that employs an interest and and -- what do think that the workforce commission that we do. Just make sure that an idea and have contemporaries across the state happen to move. That is necessary to make decisions on funding training opportunities. Also to make career counseling. Much more effective and efficient and -- senate that we have across the state. And and also in the school system that home and that's who I was talking earlier off line about Louisiana stars -- and wanna share with the with which you view you listening audience rather. The Louisiana were both commission has developed with two -- Louisiana starts out because I found it very easily if you go to LA works dot net. And what that basically doesn't ranks all of the all of the top high demand highways occupations across the state. In every industry imaginable in the state Louisiana and and and that too. Can assist a person whether an adult looking to change -- career was a young persons who trying to figure out what she wants to -- they can take a look at. The the -- that and demand. Short term and long term in the New Orleans region. You can look at what the the typical wage of the average -- with -- starting wages will be for it to be in that type occupation but -- goes no further than even let them know. Well what type of credentials the skills you need. What type of training of -- is already available was that who you associate degrees and before you. Bachelor degree is it just short term training with the cost associated with that. Training that's -- -- whoever got that website again it's www. Stanley Works gotten it. LA works dot net only works dot net would have taken at the break we'll be right back we're gonna continue talking about jobs up the bike. Alison I'm gonna ask you sort of in our final minister to a quick wrap up of of what we have from your report what we're seeing in the future will I think. You know that. Where we're at is of really really positive place which is we have John generation in feels we never could have anticipated even four years ago. Right so -- only the digital media jobs and all the health -- jobs we are expecting but now all of these great manufacturing jobs that folks get a really good wage. For not very much training. So but their regional rights -- really connecting people to those jobs is going to be a challenge and you know the federal government is is is downsizing. Right so what do we have less and less dollars to invest in work force training so it's it's tough for the workforce people. So businesses really have to step up and partner to make sure that they get their needs met otherwise sit -- won't work. And you would echo that archived and I am absolutely going to echo that. A man could mean -- Now it is about the business community that because it's only going to be ultimately helping themselves that's right because they are going to help. Fill the jobs that they -- that's right they have to reach out to folks like media and Brian and say you know these of the Johns that we need I'm gonna need somebody in six months and you know they can they can work with them to start producing. Analysis if it just a note to him employers out there. You know Louisiana has an annual occupation of forecasting conference where. We we solicit the information from employees and certain industries that we could make the projections in terms of what is the the long term demanding -- in these particular industry that helps us. Info on the public health of the -- that the school systems help the thing for long. Outlook our current and future workforce that it could understand. What pipeline in the beginning and analyze and and with what's available to them at. In the world while I wanna give that it's -- works dot net -- works dot net and you see the big blue star in it that. Mean look at all the professions and you can learn a lot and in New Orleans it is. No attack in el Al aid that COV. And you can look at economic opportunities and workforce development and we have information there on a regular basis. I can't thank you all enough Alison thank you Brian the is this is the good news it's happening lots of jobs and thank you thank you we'll be right back. Want to leave you on that high note that the jobs are gonna be there and the training will be there. And we will be a better community for all of that I really appreciate you listening and we'll look forward to hearing from me tomorrow.