Coronavirus keeps Louisiana’s jobless rate 5 times higher than last year

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Since Aug. 1, there have been between 11,000 and 13,000 new weekly claims for unemployment benefits in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) – Applications for unemployment benefits in Louisiana have held steady since Aug. 1, but labor analysts say it’s not an indication of people finding steady work.

The federal government supplemented state unemployment checks with money from its coronavirus relief fund until July 31.

Since then, new claims for benefits in Louisiana have ranged between 11,000 and 13,000 weekly.

There were 12,630 new claims for assistance in Louisiana last week, according to the U.S. Employment and Training Administration.

The application count was down 6.2% from the prior week but more than five times greater than the number of new claims filed during the same week in 2019.

As of Oct. 3, 155,586 people in Louisiana were receiving unemployment benefits. They represented 8.2% of all eligible employees in the state.

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