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Jobs and Workforce Development

The Louisiana International Terminal will create jobs for St. Bernard Parish and the state. As business increases over time, more family-supporting jobs will be available both on and off the terminal. A recent economic study shows the project will act as an economic driver for generations.

Job Creation Over Time

*Based on the economic impact of construction and operations.
Source: Lewis Terrell and Associates, Louisiana International Container Growth: The Economic Impact of the Louisiana International Terminal 2023 Q1 Update. February 2023

9,552 existing jobs lost

If the proposed terminal is not built, Louisiana won't be able to handle the larger ships that are becoming more common. International shipping companies will take their business to competing ports in Houston and Mobile. Distributors and warehouses will follow. As a result, nearly 10,000 jobs existing in Louisiana today could be lost in just 10 years (2033). 

*Source: Lewis Terrell and Associates, No LIT Loss Summary. October 2022.

Creating Jobs and Opportunities

  • Construction workers
  • Dock Workers
  • Terminal managers
  • Logistics coordinators
  • Clerks and inspectors
  • Customs agents
  • Maintenance technicians
  • Equipment operators
  • Information technology professionals
  • Business and financial operations staff
  • Security staff

  • Manufacturing
  • Rail, water, & truck transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Warehouse & storage
  • Restaurants
  • Wholesale trade

To help locals apply for jobs, the Port is working on workforce development and job training concepts.

  • The Port of New Orleans is partnering with:
  • Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Fast Start
  • The International Longshoremen's Association
  • Local Community Colleges
  • Regional and Local Economic Development Organizations

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Personal income expected to increase by 15% in St. Bernard Parish by 2050.*

Recent Updates

Port NOLA CEO Delivers 2023 State of the Port Address, Provides Update on Louisiana Internatinal Terminal

On Friday, November 4, Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) President and CEO, and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) CEO, delivered the 2023 State of the Port address highlighting successes across the Port’s four lines of business — cargo, rail, industrial real estate and cruise. In the address titled “Delivering Louisiana’s Future,” Christian also touted significant progress in the development of the $1.8 billion Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) as well as major investments in the Port’s other vital maritime infrastructure.  

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St. Louis Region Supports LIT to Connect America's Heartland to Future Global Trade

St. Louis regional ports and the St. Louis Regional Freightway are jointly supporting the Port of New Orleans’ (Port NOLA) efforts to strengthen the flow of inland river cargo with the development of the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT).

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