Date:April 9, 2019
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

LWC partners with LEDA to assist displaced Walmart workers

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is partnering with the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) to host a job fair for employees impacted by the recent closure of Walmart in Lafayette, in addition to local job-seekers in the area. There is no cost to attend the fair, which will provide employment opportunities for individuals who want to transition to, or begin a career in the greater Lafayette, La. area.

If you are an employer who is interested in hosting a job fair or would like to be notified of eligible employees in the area who would be an addition to your existing workforce, please contact State Rapid Response Coordinator Andre France at (225) 342-2918 or by email at

The LWC offers employers across Louisiana the opportunity to participate in On-the-Job Training (OJT). OJT is a federally funded program via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), that enables employers to hire and train skilled workers at a reduced overall cost. Additionally, OJT allows employers to train the right workers to meet their specific needs.

The LWC has a statewide network of 62 American Job Centers (AJC) ready to assist both employers and job-seekers in their specific needs. For an updated list of the LWC’s AJC network, please visit

“This job-fair will provide a much-needed opportunity for impacted Walmart employees, as well as all Lafayette residents, to find their way into a local-based family-sustaining career,” said LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie. “The LWC and our Rapid Response team will remain ready to assist any and all Louisiana residents impacted by business-related events in finding their way back into the workforce to build a better life for themselves and their families.”

The job fair will be on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 9 a.m. – noon at the following location:

Martin Luther King Center

308 Cora Street

Lafayette, LA 70501

“This job fair comes at the most appropriate time for those individuals who were adversely impacted by the abrupt closure of Walmart in north Lafayette and are seeking avenues to reenter the workforce,” said Patrick Lewis, Lafayette Consolidated Government District 3 council member. “Many of my constituents who have experienced workplace displacement or severed employment in recent weeks will be given a chance to seek gainful employment and explore the potential of expanded career opportunities with the companies participating in this event.”

In addition to the onsite job-fair, the LWC Rapid Response team will be hosting an orientation event from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center. This event will be open to impacted Walmart employees only, and will provide an overview of information and services that are available to them via the LWC.

The LWC’s Rapid Response team serve as “first responders” when individuals have been laid off or fired from a company. Some of the services the Rapid Response team provides include but is not limited to:

• Job Placement Assistance;

• Labor Market Information;

• Occupational Retraining; and

• Out-of-area Job Search Assistance.

To find out more about all that the LWC Rapid Response team can offer, please visit

Resources for employers and job seekers

Job-seekers can explore careers, apply for top-rated jobs and connect with local training providers using Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free career tool, at Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at Click on HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) and create an account allowing access to qualified job seekers.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.

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