Skilled shortages in Louisiana threatens economic recovery

According to the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, an influential business group proposing changes in state policies on work-force development, Louisiana has a serious shortage of skilled workers. The only immediate solution will be importing these skilled workers from outside the state.

While this strategy is generally unspoken, “poaching” employees is still being recommended in every region, in every state, and in every industry. 

Similar to the backlash in communities from global outsourcing, attracting employees from neighboring states means big political implications when unskilled workers complain that they’re being rejected in favor of trained workers from elsewhere.


Ira S Wolfe