BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU)—
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke about the dramatic increase in unemployment claims in the state since the COVID-19 health crisis took hold.
The governor said Louisiana normally averages $2.5 million in unemployment payments for an entire week. Edwards said the state has paid out $20 million in claims as of Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported in March that more than 70,000 Louisianians had applied for unemployment benefits as the economic shutdown from the COVID-19 health crisis took hold across the nation. The same report found that nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits.
Edwards said the Louisiana Workforce Commission has increased its staff to handle the workload from residents applying for unemployment benefits.
By WDSU Digital Team