Lafayette, Louisiana Has Once Again Garnered a Top Ranking From a National Media Outlet

Lafayette, Louisiana has once again garnered a top ranking from a national media outlet. Fresh off of being named Southern Living Magazines “Tastiest Town in the South”, Lafayette has gained another top ranking from CNBC, Lafayette, Louisiana was named as the 6th top city for job growth in the U.S. In the last few years Lafayette has grown economically and socially and been recognized for these accomplishments. Here is an excerpt from CNBC’s article, “Thanks to its rich Cajun culture, Lafayette has a booming tourism industry. It also attracts a lot of business from the 16,000 students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette — much of it centered on the many nightclubs found downtown. Thriving manufacturing and information technology businesses were also instrumental in the 8.1 percent rate of job growth. “Trade, Transportation, and Utilities was the top industry category contributing to the 12-month employment change in Lafayette,” said Varner, accounting for 20 percent of total nonfarm employment change." Those of us who live and work around Lafayette already new this, and newcomers to our area find this out very quickly, there is no better place to live !

Louisiana Jobs @ Mylouisianajobs.com

My Louisiana Jobs (mylouisianajobs.com) offers job seekers a great site to look for employment in Louisiana. My Louisiana Jobs is a job blog that offers those looking for work in Louisiana four unique job boards to help them find employment. The job boards hosted on this site are: Gulf Coast Offshore Jobs, which has offshore job listings for the entire gulf coast region. Job seekers can search jobs listed by companies such as Haliburton, Chevron, and Baker Hughes, just to name a few. Baton Rouge Job Source is a job board listing job openings in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. Lafayette Job Source is a job board listing job openings in the Lafayette, Louisiana area. The fourth job board hosted on Mylouisianajobs.com is a Statewide job board listing job openings for the entire state of Louisiana. MyLouisianajobs.com also offers something for prospective employers. Employers can post their jobs for 6o days for only $99. The job boards on Mylouisianajobs.com are powered by Simply Hired, so employers get their job listings out to thousands of prospective employees for a minimal fee. My Louisiana Jobs also has links to helpful articles about employment in Louisiana. Visitors to the site can also follow Mylouisianajobs.com on twitter @mylouisianajob, Louisiana jobs are tweeted daily on their twitter site. If you haven’t visited Mylouisianajobs.com yet, you are really missing out.

Louisiana's Business Climate Earns Highest Ranking Ever

11/01/2011


Site Selection magazine ranks Louisiana No. 7 in the U.S. – up two spots from 2010 and 18 spots from 2009

BATON ROUGE, La. – Site Selection magazine magazine today ranked Louisiana the No. 7 business climate in the country – the state’s highest ranking ever. The overall business climate ranking improves Louisiana’s standing from No. 9 in 2010 and No. 25 in 2009.

In the half-dozen categories used to generate the business climate rankings, Louisiana ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for per capita project expansions, No. 1 in competitiveness, and No. 3 in new projects attracted so far in 2011.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “Since day one, we have made economic development our top priority by cutting taxes, revamping workforce training, and reforming our ethics code. These changes have helped transform the way businesses view Louisiana and that’s why our economy is outperforming the South and the nation. The bottom line is that Louisiana has become one of the best places in the country for businesses to create jobs, but we’ve got more work to do. Moving up to seventh best in the country is a great sign of our progress, but we will not rest until Louisiana is the number one place in the world for businesses to create jobs for our people.”

Louisiana also was the most improved state in Site Selection's ranking of top business climates in 2010 when the state jumped from No. 25 to No. 9. The Site Selection ranking follows Louisiana’s highest-ever business climate ranking in September from Area Development magazine. That publication surveyed site selection consultants who collectively ranked Louisiana No. 6 in the magazine’s Top States for Doing Business report. Over the last few years, Louisiana has moved up significantly in every national ranking of state business climates, including those published by Area Development, Beacon Hill Institute, Business Facilities magazine, Chief Executive magazine, CNBC, Forbes, Pollina Corporate Real Estate and Site Selection.

Louisiana now stands at its highest-ever position on every national ranking of state business climates. Three of those national rankings (Area Development, Business Facilities and Site Selection) now rank Louisiana among the Top 10 states for business in the U.S.

Since 2008, Louisiana Economic Development has secured economic development projects that are creating more than 45,000 new jobs, more than $10 billion in capital investment and hundreds of millions of dollars in new sales for small businesses across the state.

Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret said, “We are delighted that Louisiana has moved up to its highest ever position on every national ranking of state business climates. That means that even more companies will become aware of all that we have to offer in Louisiana, which ultimately will result in even more attractive job opportunities for Louisiana citizens. Louisiana’s brightest days are ahead of us. We are just getting started.”

About Site Selection
Site Selection, the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council , is published six times annually and distributed to more than 44,000 executives responsible for site selection and facility planning decisions around the world. For more information, visit www.siteselection.com.

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Cleanup Work

Looking for potential work that may arise from the Gulf Coast Oil Spill? The Louisiana Workforce
Commission may be able to help you. Business and Career Solutions Centers throughout Louisiana can accept applications from job seekers interested in potential jobs that may become available due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. LWC is working with companies that have been contracted to provide oil spill-related services. A variety of job positions requiring a range of skill levels may be needed. Each Business and Career Solutions Center can provide details on available oil spill-related jobs and process applications. To find the closest Business and Career Solutions Center, interested job seekers can go to the LWC website, www.laworks.net, and select the link "Business & Career Solutions Ctr" in the navigation table in the top right of the home page.
Workforce Commission services are offered at no cost to employers and participating job seekers.

Payscale.com Ranks Lafayette, Louisiana 9th for Jobs in 2010

Top Cities for Jobs in 2010

by Siri Anderson, PayScale.com

There was a whole lot of shaking going on in 2009 -- job losses, volatile markets, recovery packages, a new president. But in surprising contrast to that, the rankings for top cities this year remained fairly steady.
"None of [the top 10] had a meteoric rise over the last year. Most of them went up and the couple that dropped did not drop dramatically," commented Kevin Klowden, managing economist at the Milken Institute, and co-author of Best-Performing Cities 2009 report. "The fact remains essentially that there are certain locations that have advantages in terms of lower costs, improved access to talent, certain key industry resources, and other factors that help to drive things."

The Milken Institute's report highlights the fact that the top cities didn't experience the same inflation in housing prices as the rest of the country, and so they avoided the devastating correction experienced elsewhere. Another factor in success was a prominence of the oil and gas industry. These two came together favorably for Texas, whose cities took five of the top 10 rankings.

All top performers, however, showed only mild increases in employment, if any at all. High marks in 2009 reflect how well a city's economic infrastructure weathered the storm, so it is important to look at a city's performance relative to the nation and other metro areas -- 2009 is not the year to focus on the numbers alone.

The Milken Institute rankings are based on a variety of factors, two of which include job and salary growth trends. Put together, these factors demonstrated a well-balanced local economy that should remain strong into the next year and likely beyond that for the following top 10 cities for jobs. Also listed is an example job position and its median annual salary in each town, according to online salary database PayScale.com.

1. Austin-Round Rock, Texas (pop. 1,653,000)
Last year's rank: 4
Job growth: 0.32%

Due to its well-prepared grads of top research institutions and its entrepreneurial spirit as evidenced by the high rate of self-employed workers, Austin has been cooking up a hot economy in recent years. It has been recruiting a lot of technology companies, due to low business costs in the area. Plus, Austin is positioning itself well in the clean tech industry, giving it an excellent outlook for the foreseeable future. Environmental engineer - $73,500

2. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas (pop. 379,000)
Last year's rank: 13
Job growth: 1.81%

A major army base, a strong concentration of health-care services, and robust higher education joined forces to earn this area the top spot for job growth in 2008, and it is continuing on that track in 2009. Texas A&M is in the process of building a new major satellite facility, drawing work that is already strong from Central Texas College's strong enrollment. Consolidation of military bases to Fort Hood has increased the population of stably employed workers as well. Additionally, the region had a very low rate of sub-prime mortgages, so the bursting housing bubble had a minimal effect on this region's economy. Registered nurse - $54,000

3. Salt Lake City, Utah (pop. 1,116,000)
Last year's rank: 3
Job growth: -2.58%

Holding steady in third position is Salt Lake City, with its strong technology industry and high number of quality jobs. The finance industry is also strong here, but appears to have played the lending game a little smarter than most of the country. The region demonstrated much less speculative activity and was minimally affected by the sub-prime mortgage fallout. State budget problems have been occurring, as in many capitals across the country. However, cutbacks appear to be modest, and Utah as a whole appears to be poised for growth and strong recovery in the next year. Financial analyst - $61,300

4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas (pop. 1,116,000)
Last year's rank: 7
Job growth: -0.01%

McAllen has been coming on strong in the list of top cities over the past few years, driven by its top ranking for employment growth and high-tech GDP growth between the years of 2003-2008. The area has been luring companies with is low business costs, which has fueled employment growth numbers and helped to increase population. The service-based industry, which has taken such a hit elsewhere, continues to prosper. Software developer - $63,100

5. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (pop. 5,728,000)
Last year's rank: 16
2009 Job growth: -0.69%

As a leader in the oil and gas industry, and a major health services center, the greater Houston metro area rose from 16th to 5th in this year's top city rankings. Though it has experienced a slip in job growth in most recent months, partially due to cutbacks in natural gas exploration, forays into new energy technologies -- nuclear, wind, and other alternative sources -- are helping to set this area up for strong growth potential in the next year. Petroleum engineer - $114,500

6. Durham, North Carolina (pop. 490,000)
Last year's rank: 21
2009 Job growth: -1.75%

Making an even bigger jump up the list is Durham with its strength in technology, biopharmaceutical, medical research, and higher education. This area is a hotspot for young professionals, which has spurred positive population growth and has helped mitigate the effects of falling property prices. Most recently, communication technology company Nortel Network's bankruptcy has caused some hardship and layoffs, but the strength of the health and education industries has given Durham the balance needed to get through economic difficulties smoothly. Research laboratory technician - $42,800

7. Olympia, Washington (pop. 245,000)
Last year's rank: 9
2009 Job growth: -0.39%

Olympia, Washington's capital, offers a high percentage of government jobs. In recent years, the economy has also been bolstered by an influx of businesses relocating there due to its relatively low business and living costs compared to Seattle. This has encouraged employment rates; in fact, Olympia placed 14th in the nation for job growth between 2007-2008. However, significant state budget cutbacks are on the horizon, and employment with the state government is expected to take a dip in the coming year. High school teacher - $49,500

8. Huntsville, Alabama (pop. 396,000)
Last year's rank: 5
2009 Job growth: -2.19%

If you're looking for a new place with a well-diversified economy, Huntsville might be the spot for you. This city has been ranking consistently well in the last few years with its diverse industry profile, which includes professional, scientific and technical services; computer and electronic product manufacturing; biotechnology; aerospace industry; and a growing military base. Electrical engineer - $77,400

9. Lafayette, Louisiana (pop. 396,000)
Last year's rank: 14
2009 Job growth: -0.37%

High energy prices have been a boon to Lafayette's oil and gas exploration industry, pushing this metro area into the top 10 for the first time. This side of the economy is extremely vulnerable to price fluctuations, however, and for sustained growth and stability, Lafayette will need to begin moving away from reliance on its traditional industries for revenue. A focus on developing a skilled workforce, luring new businesses, and continued building of the already strong education and health industries are essential for prosperity down the road. Engineering technician, oil & gas - $51,100

10. Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina (pop. 1,089,000)
Last year's rank: 2
2009 Job growth: -3.36%

This metropolitan area's economy is founded on a strong base that educational and research institutions have created with the business community. It has laid the groundwork for Raleigh's strong technology, biopharmaceutical, and professional and business services industries. There seems to be a little bit of rough road ahead with state budget constraints leading to cutbacks, and looming changes to the pharmaceutical industry. However, Raleigh is expected to fare much better than other major centers during the readjustment and recovery. Information technology (IT) manager- $80,700

Source: Salary data from PayScale.com. The salaries listed are median annual salaries for full-time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions, or profit sharing.

Pixel Magic Opening Louisiana Studio in Lafayette

AP) LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Pixel Magic, which creates digital visual effects for film and television, announced Friday that it will open a Louisiana studio in December.

The studio will be located at the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise center in Lafayette. Officials said the company will create 12 jobs within the first year and 40 jobs within three years.

Pixel Magic has worked on films like "Marley & Me," ''Get Smart" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

Company vice president Ray Scalice said Pixel Magic chose Louisiana because of its variety of locations, the growth of the film industry in the state and its lucrative tax breaks for film production and digital media.

"Pixel Magic's decision to locate in Louisiana will send a signal to Hollywood and to other leading digital media companies that Louisiana is a major player in the digital media industry," Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement.

The LITE center will give Pixel Magic one free year of office space.