Date:April 26, 2021
Contact:LWC Public Affairs @ (225) 342-3035

LWC Partners with Kuder to Further Assist Louisianans in Returning to Work
Addressing Mental Health Challenges While Coping with Job Loss

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is proud to announce its partnership with Kuder Inc. to utilize the company’s Hope Central platform. As a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, many Louisianans remain unemployed or under-employed. This partnership with Kuder allows LWC to reach more individuals and assist them in returning to work in family-sustaining careers, while also addressing mental health.

Resembling LWC programs such as Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) and Hire a Laid off Worker (HALOW), Hope Central – Louisiana's Career Planning and Recovery System, powered by Kuder® offers resources and tools catering to the social, emotional and mental effects of career recovery available at

“This pandemic hasn't been easy, especially for those who lost their jobs during the midst of it. Our office understands the domino-effect that losing a job has on an individual," said LWC Secretary Ava Cates, "It impacts how you feed, house, and care for your family. We understand that not being able to do those things comfortably can be mentally draining, which is why the partnership with Kuder is a vital tool as we work to put Louisianans back to work.”

Hope Central online services are available to all LWC clients offering resources such as a Stress Resiliency Toolkit, Hope-Action assessments and tools for employers on how to create and maintain healthy work environments. At LWC’s 62 local offices there will be trained staff members to assist individuals in utilizing the Hope Central platform. Hear more from Governor John Bel Edwards and Secretary Cates on Hope Central here.

“Part of our mission is to provide resources to help raise aspirations to last a lifetime – and to help break down any barriers that may be encountered along the way,” said Kuder Chairman and CEO Phil Harrington. “Kuder is proud to support the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s mission and to work together to help unemployed and underemployed Louisianans recover, grow, and thrive. Through Hope Central, job-seekers will be able to adapt to this challenging job market and develop a framework for moving ahead in a positive direction.”

About the HiRE Program

HiRE is the Louisiana Workforce Commission's self-service website that allows individuals to file for Unemployment benefits and search for available jobs in their area. In the last week, employers listed 14,715 job openings for at least 15,781 positions through the HiRE program. 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.

About Kuder, Inc.

More than 165 million people have used Kuder’s evidence-based career assessment, education planning, and advisement resources to help visualize which industry or career, field of study, or school to pursue next in life. Kuder helps ensure that people of all ages can unlock the power of their own potential and create a bright future. Learn more at


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