Louisiana adds new jobs in the oil and manufacturing industry

Louisiana looks to add more industrial jobs in the near future.

Louisiana, particularly the Houma-Thibodaux area, has seen an increase in jobs in the oil and manufacturing industry.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission released its 2012 Louisiana employment report on Oct. 31 and found manufacturing provided the biggest total job increase within the local job market for the second year in a row. The report said that the industry added more than 1,000 jobs, which is a 9.7 percent increase from 2011. There are currently 11,445 manufacturing jobs in Louisiana's Area 3 Labor Market, which includes Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.

Growth in other industries
Many other areas saw in creases in their job growth from 2011 to 2012. Mining, which includes oil and gas extraction, had the biggest job increase rate at 14.7 percent. Houma Today reported this sector added 776 new jobs in this time frame to reach a total of 6,056 jobs. Transportation and warehousing also added 805 jobs. This sector currently employs 11,918 in the area. Although many areas also increased, a few industries had a decrease over this time frame. Real estate and leasing segments dropped 17.6 percent. This industry currently employs 2,267 people.

Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet said that many of these sectors are the reason why the region is thriving.

"First off, we're an oil-and-gas town," Claudet told Houma Today "That's a majority of our jobs coming from the oilfield and the associated industries, skilled trades are always in demand tremendously. Many employers will tell you how difficult it is to get people in our area who are well-qualified and able to work."

Claudet went on to say that the developing these industries is extremely important because it helps attract other oil and gas producers to the region.

Big things to come in the future
This growth in manufacturing is beginning a trend for the Louisiana. The Times-Picayune reported that the state will be looking to fill 130,000 new industrial jobs by 2020. Center for Planning Excellence President and CEO Elizabeth Thomas said that in the next two years, Louisiana will have 68,000 new jobs alone.

"It's no longer about providing the opportunity…it's about providing the quality of life that the talented professionals will require," Thomas said at the 2013 Smart Growth Summit.

The Times-Picayune said in the same story that an estimated $84 billion in capital projects has been started or will begin very shortly in Louisiana.