Louisiana unemployment claims drop for 3rd straight week; COVID elevates jobless rates

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In this photo illustration, a person files an application for unemployment benefits on April 16, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

Benefit applications are seven times higher than 12 months ago

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) – Applications for unemployment benefits in Louisiana declined for a third straight week, but the coronavirus continues to elevate jobless numbers in the state.

New claims filed in Louisiana during the week ending Sept. 12 fell to 15,309, a 37.7% decrease from the previous week but more than seven times higher than the same week 12 months ago.

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