Economic Opportunity

December 1, 2020

Invest in Louisiana’s Opportunity Youth for an Equitable, Lasting Recovery

Nearly 1 in 6 Louisianans aged 16 to 24 are neither working nor going to school. The state’s youth disconnection rate of 16.4% – representing 92,100 children and young adults – is the fourth-highest in the United States, according to a new report by Measure of America, A Portrait of Louisiana 2020: Human Development in an Age of UncertaintyRead more...

October 23, 2020

Putting the Trust back in Trust Fund

The unemployment insurance (UI) system has been part of the social contract between companies and their workers since the Great Depression. The federal-state system is designed to provide workers with money to temporarily meet their basic needs after they have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Read more...

September 18, 2020

Census 2020: Poverty in Louisiana

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August 21, 2020

Work search requirements are an unnecessary burden for the unemployed

The Louisiana Budget Project, the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, Step Up Louisiana, and the Workplace Justice Project of the Loyola University Law Clinic sent a letter on Thursday, August 20th, urging Gov. John Bel Edwards to reinstate the suspension of work-search requirements for unemployment benefits that he wisely implemented early in the pandemic.Read more...