The Town Talk, July 11, 2009
Gov. Bobby Jindal
emphasized the importance of job creation Friday, July 10, as he brought
his “Louisiana Working Tour” campaign to a “Town Hall” meeting in
Also on July 10, Jindal spoke to the
Southwest Louisiana Chamber of Commerce in Lake Charles.
During his tour, the governor is
focusing on the state’s economy.
“Our No. 1 priority is and must
continue to be creating jobs,” Jindal said, according to a news release.
“ We know that we’re not immune to the effects of the national economic
downturn and that we face long-term budget challenges, but we must
pursue a strategy that creates an economic environment that fosters job
He said the state has made “significant
progress” in handling the economy, but added, “This is just a start. We
must do everything we can to keep this momentum going. We cannot, we
must not, and we will not stop here.”
He said he has worked with the
Legislature to overhaul the state’s work force development system to
connect skilled workers with job opportunities.
“We used to compete based on our
resources, now we must compete based on having the most skilled work
force. Seventy percent of employers considering expanding or relocating
to Louisiana tell us that finding skilled workers is their top one or
two concerns,” Jindal said.
He also said that while other states
are seeing people leave under high unemployment rates, Louisiana has now
experienced its second consecutive year of population in-migration,
based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau.