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Bill giving workers paid sick time spurned by committee

BATON ROUGE, La. — A proposal to give all workers in Louisiana paid sick days was rejected by a Senate labor committee amid opposition from business. Bill sponsor Sen. Karen Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat, said 700,000 workers in Louisiana lose pay — and sometimes their jobs — when they call in sick. Her bill would have allowed workers to ...

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U.S. energy companies slash jobs as oil prices weaken

Oilfield giants Schlumberger Ltd and Halliburton Co and many others in the oil and gas industry have announced plans to lay off thousands of people in the past few months as global oil prices have fallen more than 40 percent since June. Brent prices fell to near six-year lows in January, hurt by a global supply glut and OPEC’s decision ...

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U.S. private sector adds 169,000 jobs in April: ADP

U.S. private employers added 169,000 jobs last month, the fewest since January 2014 and far below economists’ expectations, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain of 200,000 jobs. March’s private payrolls were revised down to an increase of 175,000 jobs from the previously ...

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Thermaldyne to build waste remediation plant near Port Allen

BATON ROUGE, La. — Thermaldyne will invest $19 million to develop an industrial waste remediation plant near Port Allen that will create 45 jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000. The plant will be Thermaldyne’s first indirect thermal desorption facility and will be in the recently established, 200-acre USA Rail and Terminal Industrial Park. It is the first of ...

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Dow Chemical to trim about 3 percent of global workforce

BATON ROUGE, La. — Dow Chemical, which has several facilities in Louisiana, will cut about 3 percent of its global workforce as it prepares to break off a significant part of its chlorine operations in a deal announced earlier this year with Olin Corp. The company says the cuts will reduce its workforce by 1,500 to 1,750 positions over the ...

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First quarter saw Hercules’ workforce down by 40 percent

Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ:HERO) is having a rough 2015. Market conditions have put the offshore service company in a tough spot, and it received word in March that it was at risk of losing its NASDAQ listing. Now Hercules has reported that it has cut 40 percent of its workforce since the beginning of the year. Chief Executive Officer John Rynd ...

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EuroChem chooses St. John site over Iberville Parish

EDGARD, La. — EuroChem Group AG has picked 915 acres in St. John the Baptist Parish for its proposed $1.5 billion ammonia production plant. The Advocate reports the move means EuroChem will not retain 2,150 acres of state-owned land near Carville in Iberville Parish for the project. Russia’s largest producer of minerals fertilizer now must return that property for sale ...

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Entry-level jobs: The best and the worst


Finding a job can be difficult for anyone and is something we all struggle with, especially right after college graduation.  While youth unemployment is sitting at a whopping 13.9 percent, it is hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel. However, have no fear, you can find employment, whether it’s the best position out there or a ...

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Shintech plans Iberville Parish expansion, 100 new jobs

PLAQUEMINE, La. — Shintech will spend $1.4 billion to add an ethylene plant at its Iberville Parish facility. The company said in a news release that the plant will create 100 new jobs, with an average annual salary of $68,500, plus benefits. The new project will lift Shintech’s total capital investment to date in Louisiana to $4.7 billion. With approximately ...

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