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New Orleans Life and Jobs

Updated on July 15, 2015
Laura Plantation in New Orleans.
Laura Plantation in New Orleans. | Source

Service Industries Set to Thrive

Craigslist has continued to list numerous jobs for the revival of the New Orleans area and all around Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina devastated that city and state. I checked the link listed above just today and found over 100 new jobs listed for just one date, with additional pages of jobs available.

Service jobs will stay high on the list of those having the most openings through 2014. The gaming industry is seeing upsurge of new positions as well. This is because of the initiative to being more gaming venues into New Orleans to revitalize the Crescent City's economic vitality.

Service jobs will remain in the top 3 slots for most job openings through 2014 in both New Orleans and the whole state of Louisiana. Increasing tourism from Americans and international tourists will help to increase that demand even further.

Craigslist is also showing an upsurge in construction related occupation openings in New Orleans, in trades such as plumbing, drywall, electrical contracting, framing, masonry, and others.Under "Gigs" you can find a lng list of short-term jobs and projects of all kinds in several fields of work.

Elsewhere in Louisiana, Craigslist has many jobs posted for the areas in and around Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Shreveport.

Top 10 Jobs in New Orleans

Through at least 2025 AD, the top 3 categories of jobs with the highest number openings to be developed in New Orleans are all Service Industry positions:


Retail Salespersons, and


The remaining 7 top jobs include laborers, movers, and material handlers; some health care occupations, clerks, managers, secretaries, and food prep workers.

The highest-paying of all of these jobs are Registered Nurses (RN) and Managers of all types, including Nurse Managers. Travel Nurses are badly needed in New Oreans and all of Louisiana.

Therefore, it may be advantageous to accept a service industry position in New Orleans and subsequently work one's way up into management or enroll in a local nursing school. There should still be some job development in the construction trades and in the gaming industry as these occupations take hold during further citywide revitalization.

New Orleans Twelfth Night Carnival invitation, 1912.
New Orleans Twelfth Night Carnival invitation, 1912.

Job Development post-Katrina

Construction jobs increased in number, beginning as New Orleans rebuilt slowly. This includes infrastructure redesign and rebuilds post-hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In addition to the Construction Trades, the Gaming Industry is planned to open several new venues with many new employment positions as an initiative to revitalize New Orleans. This includes a variety of resorts and gaming establishinments that boost Hospitality and Tourism Industries, as well as Information Technology (IT).

This all spurs on the Hospitality Industry of New Orleans to new development, especially in the city's federally defined Enterprise Zone.

Food preparation and service in the city are key trades via famous restaurants such a Michaul's, Emeril Lagasse's successful venues, and others.

The St. Charles area of New Orleans experienced very little damage from the hurricanes of 2005 and proceeds to develop further to boost the city's economy. The restaurants and taverns around the St. Charles sector were foremost in anchoring and expanding the new economic growth that germinated in the city in early 2006 and are forecast to do so well into the 21st century.

Further, the French Quarter reopened as soon as possible after Katrina, opening as many businesses as possible, as quickly as possible. This was an anchor on which to rebuild the economy and the faith of the residents, tourists, and business owners of the region in New Orleans' success and vitality.


New Orleans Area Resurgence

In an examination of population in July 2006, the US Census Bureau had calculated that there were 223,000 people in New Orleans. A related study conducted since then stated that 32,000 people have moved into the city to bring its population up to 255,000 in March 2007. However, this figure is only 56% of New Orleans' population before Hurricane Katrina hit.

Population specialists, the New Orleans Mayor's office, and other analysts queried much of the reaming displaced people, and feel that these will also gradually return.. The city, county, state, and federal governments are rebuilding the local infrastructure and cleaning out debris. The Dutch government has offered volunteer engineers to help New Orleans redesign and rebuild protection from the bodies of water surrounding New Orleans. Many of the evacuated residents still wait for federal help form the Kathleen Blanco Louisiana Recovery Authority program, Small Business Administration loans, and other financial aid.

Business has begun to return. The National Association of Realtors held its annual convention in New Orleans in November 2006 with over 25,000 attendees. The HIMSS healthcare information technology convention and the American College of Cardiology convention, occurred in the spring of 2007, with 24,000" attendees each. The Bayou Classic football game between Southern University and Grambling State, returned in November 2006 The Essence Music Festival returned in July 2007. Mardi Gras and the Jazz and Heritage Festival were never displaced at all and continued despite the wreckage of the city. The National Football League returned the New Orleans Saints and the 2012 or 2013 Super Bowl is speculated to be in New Orleans. The National Basketball Association returned New Orleans Hornets and New Orleans will host the 2008 NBA All Star Game. Additional sports teams and venues are planned in the near future for the area.

Michaul's Live Cajun Music Restaurant

This is my all-time favorite dining spot in New Orelans. I have enjoyed alligator fritters and Cajub music here in downtown New Orleans. The food is good and the staff is very engaging and sincere.

840 St. Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA

Phone: 504-522-5517

Fax: 504-529-2541

Founded in 1986, Michaul's is my favorite restaurant in New Orleans because it si fun and welcoming. I listened to live music and watched people learn to perform the local Cajun dance favorites for the first time while I was there one hot and humid August night. I will l never forget it, because the restaurant was so cool, relaxing, and engaging that I forgot about the humidity that kept the hotel restroom floors damp all the time.

It was great! So were the Aligator Fritters!

Michaul's has offered authentic Cajun and Southern cooking for over 22 years. They can accommodate up to 1,250 people altogether and Michaul's also has live Cajun and Zydeco music with their fun Cajun Dance Lessons every night.

They guarantee patrons "The best time on two feet!"


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