New Website Geared To Help Unemployed Oil Workers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — State and local agencies have developed a website to connect the unemployed and underemployed from the battered energy sector to jobs and training for the now-hiring petrochemical and liquid natural gas plants in Louisiana.

         The Advocate’s Billy Gunn reports AcadianaOpportunity.com was unveiled Monday, a website through which the unemployed can connect to jobs and, if needed, training.

         Dubbed the Acadiana Workforce Opportunities Connection, the effort is a collaboration among the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, One Acadiana, Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Workforce Commission, South Louisiana Community College and area workforce development boards.

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         More than 12,000 oil and gas workers have lost jobs due to a falloff in oil prices that started in mid-2014.

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