GNO Inc., Bank of America Release 5th GNO Jobs Report

NEW ORLEANS — Greater New Orleans Inc. and Bank of America have released the 2023 Greater New Orleans Jobs Report, which reviews the region’s key occupations. This is the fifth installment in an annual series of reports that examines current and anticipated trends in employment across established and emerging industries.

“Greater New Orleans will experience a bright economic future by leveraging insights from key metrics such as those presented in this jobs report,” said Michael Hecht, GNO Inc. president and CEO. “The report’s new interactive format makes it easier to be analyzed, digested and shared by the decision-makers who foster our workforce development landscape. We’re thankful for Bank of America’s partnership in developing such a critical tool for greater New Orleans.”

The report is focused on occupations that represent “top jobs,” ones that have at least 100 positions filled across the region​, with a median hourly wage of at least $23.59 per hour, and experienced growth from 2013-2023​. These roles also must be related to one of GNO Inc.’s focus industry sectors (advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, life sciences, technology, digital media, trade and logistics)​. 

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This year’s edition also includes “on-ramp jobs,” or occupations that provide gateways to higher-wage, high-demand careers and maintain positive future growth prospects based on business development projects and economic conditions.

GNO Inc. said the report demonstrates the need to prepare workers for current jobs while planning for future careers in the advanced manufacturing, digital media, IT and energy​ sectors. It also shows the need for “mobility initiatives” to bring opportunities to more people and to provide “seamless pathways from career awareness to career exposure to career training.”

“Bank of America remains committed to supporting economic growth and workforce development in the region,” said Jonathan Matessino, the bank’s New Orleans/Baton Rouge president. “Through our continued partnership with GNO Inc., we can enhance the education and training offerings to meet industry needs in greater New Orleans, creating increased access to high-demand jobs for the community.”

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GNO Inc. said it will use the report’s findings across stakeholder groups to inform public policy strategies and the endorsement of creating educational and training offerings. This data will also be used in business attraction initiatives, demonstrating labor trends in the market and showcasing the responsiveness of regional education leaders. Finally, the report will help inform the development of workforce programs deployed through private philanthropy support in the region.

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