New jobless claims in Louisiana at lowest mark since pandemic began

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NEW ORLEANS (WDSU) — Applications for unemployment benefits in Louisiana were down again last week, the second straight week with fewer claims after the federal government’s $600 pandemic supplement for jobless workers ended.

The U.S. Employment and Training Administration reports 12,490 people in Louisiana applied for benefits during the week that ended Aug. 1. That’s 32.5% fewer than the week before, and it’s the lowest weekly number since the first coronavirus case was reported in Louisiana in early March.

A year ago, there were 2,652 new claims over the same week.

As of late July, 311,660 people in Louisiana were receiving continued jobless benefits. That’s 16.5% of the state’s eligible workforce.

By: Greg LaRose

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