Louisiana unemployment numbers climb slightly in late August

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU)- Applications for unemployment assistance in Louisiana have increased, as COVID-19 continues to dampen job prospects. There were 14,615 claims for jobless benefits in Louisiana during the week that ended Aug. 29, according to U.S Employment and Training Administration.

That marks a 16.6% increase from the previous week and a jump that 6.7 times higher than the number of claims from the same week in 2019.

As of Aug. 22, 235,785 total people in Louisiana were receiving continued unemployment benefits. That represents 12.5% of all eligible employees in the state.

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