La.'s chemical sector is hailed as jobs driver despite recent accidents

06/17/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Recent chemical plant blasts in Louisiana have raised some concerns among residents, but jobs in the chemical sector are among the safest manufacturing jobs, according to injury statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. "It's a very important sector in our economy. Generally these are very desirable jobs because they are highly paid and highly skilled," said Iain Vasey, executive director of business development at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce.

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