Oil cleanup creating new job competition

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The oil spill's impact is far reaching, but as clean up efforts are increased, more workers will be needed for the job.

"I know last week we were working with one company that was trying to fill 500 jobs, and the number varies. I think we were also working with that same company that was also working to have another pool of applicants. I think they were going with about another thousand workers," said Lynn Dias-Button, the Public Information Director for the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

The demand for the jobs is far more than the jobs that are available, so far over 11,000 have applied, with those directly impacted by the spill getting priority.

If you are interested in applying for a job, Business and Career Solutions Centers throughout Louisiana are accepting applications.

To find the closest Business and Career Solutions Center, log onto the Louisiana Workforce Commission web site, then select the "Business and Career Solutions Center" link at the top right of the home page.

There is one skill contractors are placing a priority on while filling these jobs.

"Anyone who has received Hazwaper Certification is a prime commodity," said Dias-Button.

Even as many people apply for the jobs, turnover is expected to be high.

"It's a very, very demanding job. From what I understand the contractors say that since it is demanding that turnover is quite high because it's a lot of hard work cleaning up the oil on the beach," said Dias-Button.

As the oil continues to spread, the demand for clean up jobs will continue to rise.

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