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Date:January 15, 2009
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Louisiana Workforce Commission Issues Progress Report
Report Details Accomplishments, Outlines Priorities

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission has issued a report on its progress in leading the development of a demand-driven service and workforce delivery system.

The report highlights accomplishments and outlines priorities and timelines for reform efforts in LWC’s Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance Administration and Workers’ Compensation offices, plus internal performance improvement measures.

“Over the past year, we completely revamped the way government approaches workforce development and this report demonstrates the incredible progress made by the Workforce Commission,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said. “In 2009, we'll continue our mission to dramatically transform workforce training programs in order to expand economic opportunities for our state, and in turn, keep more of our people enjoying great careers here at home.”

Among the LWC’s accomplishments last year were business meetings and workforce summits that were attended by more than 800 people across the state, including business and economic development leaders, Gov. Jindal and the leadership of LWC’s partner agencies. The meetings and summits put everyone from front-line staff to agency leadership in direct contact with their customers to hear first-hand about their concerns and needs and to jointly work on better solutions.

The LWC also has realigned the components of its Office of Workforce Development into three areas – regional operations, emerging workforce and customized workforce solutions. This will allow the LWC to better meet its objectives of strengthening the Workforce Investment Act framework, growing the workforce by drawing in those who are not fully engaged and addressing the need for customized solutions for industry sectors and major stakeholders.

Key issues up next for the LWC are to integrate workforce development and support programs across government agencies and to increase participation in the workforce by more Louisianians.

“Since the unanimous passage of workforce development reform legislation in June, we have been refocusing everything we do as an agency to enable us to provide the indispensable components of workforce delivery that our state needs to compete and win in a global economy,” LWC Executive Director Tim Barfield said.

The progress report also describes reforms underway in the LWC offices of Unemployment Insurance Administration and Workers’ Compensation.

The December 2008 Progress Report is available on the LWC Web site at www.laworks.net.

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