Louisiana Job Fairs 2006 for Metro New Orleans will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. until noon at Jefferson - Orleans South at 2536 Edenborn Avenue in Metairie. This event is being held in conjunction with similar events across the state to help people with disabilities find employment. Job Fairs are also scheduled in Mandeville and Shreveport on Oct. 10, Alexandria and Monroe on Oct. 11, Lake Charles on Oct. 12, Lafayette on Oct. 24 and Houma on Oct. 31.  A Job Fair was held in Baton Rouge on Oct. 4.

The effort is sponsored across Louisiana by the Medicaid Purchase Plan for workers with disabilities through its federal Medicaid Infrastructure Grant and is coordinated by Louisiana Business Leadership Network. The event is co-sponsored by the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish Chambers of Commerce.

People with disabilities are both the largest minority in the United States and also the largest population of unemployed Americans. The American Community Survey shows that Louisiana is home to almost 400,000 people with disabilities who are of working age. Studies indicate that 275,000 of these adults with disabilities are unemployed but want to work.

Louisiana Job Fairs are designed to give people with disabilities who want to work full access to employers in one location. In 2004 and 2005, more than 3,000 job seekers were connected with 327 businesses statewide. Organizers hope to connect more job seekers and businesses in 2006.

For more information about the Metro New Orleans Job Fair, contact Cassandra Bookman at (504) 838-5180. To find out more about the statewide effort, visit Louisiana Business Leadership Network online at www.lbln.org or Medicaid Purchase Plan at www.LaMPP.org.