New Louisiana unemployment claims stay above 11,000

Louisiana News

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU)- Applications for temporary unemployment assistance in Louisiana declined last week, but coronavirus-related job losses continue to bolster new claims.

The U.S. Employment and Training Administration reports that the number of applications submitted in Louisiana fell to 11,969 for the week that ended Oct. 17, an 11.8% decrease from the previous week but 5,7% higher than the same week last year.

Since Aug. 1, when the federal government ended supplemental payments to jobless benefits, the number of new filings in Louisiana have ranged between 11,000 and 13,000 weekly with the exception of one week — Sept. 5, when more than 26,000 applications were made.

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