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State website will match employers and job seekers

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is about to launch a new program that with match employers and skilled workers.

On Aug. 18, state officials will make a free, online, matchmaking employment service available for the first time to both employers and job seekers who want only their top options.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1B8rUMM ) the Louisiana Job Connection, commissioned by the state Department of Economic Development, is intended to match the skills and experience of job applicants to the expressed needs of employers.

The service arrives at a time when energy, chemical and other manufacturers are set to begin construction on more than $60 billion in new industrial facilities or expansions.

More jobs are on the way, according to projections of the Louisiana Workforce Commission and LSU Division of Economic Development.

The question remaining to be answered is: Who will fill those slots and others across the state?

"We like to equate it to online dating," said Kristi Barnett Williams, executive director at Louisiana Job Connection.

Williams said the lists of questions for employers and job applicants at www. louisianajobconnection.com are designed to provide both sides information that can be checked easily for accuracy.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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