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Louisiana Ranks First in the U.S. for Workforce Engagement

Louisiana has been a right-to-work state for more than three decades and provides an ever-growing pool of highly skilled, qualified workers. The state has continued to invest in new and modernized training facilities at community and technical colleges. In addition, the state has made investments totaling more than $38 million in Louisiana’s higher education computer science and engineering departments.

Louisiana’s workforce includes more than 450,000 workers employed in occupations relevant to manufacturing and over 23,000 information technology professionals. In addition, Gallup ranks Louisiana as the No. 1 state for workforce engagement. The poll identified Louisiana workers as the most likely to be involved in and enthusiastic about their work. According to KMPG’s 2016 Competitive Alternatives, average Louisiana salary and wages cost less than the South and U.S. averages.

“We learned firsthand of the outstanding workforce that is available – people who take pride in their work.”

Ron Sedley


Louisiana also offers the services of LED FastStart®, which has been ranked the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program by Business Facilities nine years in a row. FastStart creates customized workforce recruitment, screening and training solutions. FastStart works with eligible new and expanding Louisiana-based operations to ensure that companies have a highly qualified, trained workforce from day one – all at no cost to the company.