According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
there are approximately 54 million people living in the U.S. who have a physical or mental disability.
This amounts to 19% of the U.S. population or 1 in 5 people, making people with disabilities the largest minority group in the country.
The number of people with disabilities in the workforce totals 19.6%, compared with 68.6% of people in the workforce who do not have a disability.
The unemployment rate for individuals with a disability is 12.3%, almost twice the percentage of unemployed people without a disability, 6.4%.
The state of Louisiana recognizes the advantages associated with hiring a diverse workforce and values the broad range of skills and talents
that are often overlooked in the portion of the population that has a disability or impairment.
Louisiana state agencies are committed to ensuring that everyone is given an equal opportunity to begin a career with the state of Louisiana
and strives to be a model for closing the gap between the higher unemployment rate for people with disabilities
versus those people who do not possess any disabilities.
The state of Louisiana offers competitive compensation, noncompetitive promotion opportunities, flexible and alternative work schedules,
and excellent healthcare and retirement benefits. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,
state agencies are required to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee who has a disability.
If you need an accommodation to perform the major duties of your job, you must inform the agency.
Legally, an employer cannot ask if you have a disability or impairment.
Searching for job vacancies, submitting your application,
and checking the status of your application can all be conveniently done online using the LA Careers online application system.
Instructions for Applying
- Vacancies can be viewed on the
Current Job Opportunities
page of the State CivilService website. The job postings are updated daily, Monday-Friday. Narrowyour search results by selecting options under the main headings (categories,
locations, and agencies). Click on the "Apply Search" button when you are done entering your search criteria.
- Your search results will be listed alphabetically by job title. Click on the job title
that you are interested in to see the full job posting. If you are new to state
employment, pay careful attention that you do not click on a posting that is
being filled as a promotion. You can find this information under the “Emp Type” column.
- You will see up to four headings included in each job posting: Minimum
Qualifications, Supplemental Information, Job Concepts, and Examples of
Work. Read each of these sections carefully to determine that you meet the
qualifications for the position. To apply for the vacancy, click “Apply” on the
right side of the screen.
- If you have an account, log in and choose one of your stored applications. If you
do not have an account, click on “Create an Account.” Once the account is
created, you will need to build a job application. This application is saved to your
account and can be used again each time you apply for a job or test.
- Follow the application process steps shown at the top of your screen to apply for
the position. Use the gray buttons on the top and bottom of the page to save
your information and navigate between steps. Before confirming your
application, be sure that you have answered all supplemental questions and
have included all of your work history, education, and have completed all other
relevant and required sections.
- Once you have successfully submitted the application, you will see the Louisiana
state seal and a message thanking you for your application. You can check the
status of all applications that you have submitted by clicking on “Application
Louisiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services, the flagship program of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services,
is an eligibility program that provides assistance with establishing employment goals, help with the employment application process,
and continued career counseling throughout the first few months of being hired. Priority for the service is given to applicants
with the most significant disabilities.
Employment goals and the steps needed to reach these goals are developed by a rehabilitation counselor with input from the vocational
rehabilitation client using an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).
State Civil Service Rules allow for non-competitive appointment of an individual deemed eligible for services by the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services Program
under the testing exemption requirement listed in the section above, Rule 22.8 (a).
This means that state agencies may fill a vacancy without public announcement provided that the individual deemed eligible for services
by LRS meets all minimum qualification requirements and the agency maintains the proper documentation for the non-competitive appointment.
State Civil Service Rule 22.3 (b) 3 details the criteria for filling a vacancy without public announcement based on being an individual deemed eligible
for service by LRS:
22.3 Public Announcement of Job Vacancies.
(a) All vacancies for jobs in the classified service that are filled by probational appointment,
job appointment or promotion shall be posted on the Internet in accordance with the Director’s policies and procedures
except as provided in Rule 22.3(b).
(b) A vacancy may be filled without public announcement in the circumstances listed below:
3. Noncompetitive appointment of an individual deemed eligible for services by the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services Program
under provisions of Rule 22.8(a).
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services also includes the Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program,
the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program, and the Independent Living Program.
More information about these programs can be found on the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website.
Louisiana Workforce Commission's Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
To apply for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and for more detailed information about the program, contact your local LRS Office.
LRS Regional Office Directory