Website Seeks to Help Displaced Oilfield Workers

Partners in the Bayou Region of Louisiana recently announced a new effort to help workers affected by oil and gas industry downsizing to find rapid training options and new jobs in South Louisiana., a newly launched website, will serve as a gateway to employment opportunities.

In addition to job fair information, the website will provide links for career help from the Louisiana Workforce Commission and its website, Louisiana Economic Development’s employment portal, and training resources.

“SLEC is proud to help spearhead this collaboration between the State of Louisiana and our regional/local partners,” said Lafont, the South Louisiana Economic Council president and CEO. “The oil and gas industry is a major part of the Bayou Region’s economic lifeblood, and we look forward to helping our constituents get back to work.”

“We are deeply committed to partnering with our allies in regions of our state that have been hardest-hit by the downturn in the oil and gas sector,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “We’ve had great success in matching job seekers with Louisiana employers, via LED FastStart® and With now up and running, and the Industrial Trades Job Fair coming up in a few weeks, LED becomes an even stronger force for connecting displaced workers with new job opportunities.”

Workers who have been recently laid-off may be eligible for grant funds to pay for training and certification classes. provides initial eligibility screening to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Users will learn about the job opportunities outside the oil and gas industry and get instructions on applying for unemployment benefits.

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