Unemployment Insurance

September 15, 2021

LBP Census 2020: Pandemic aid helped reduce poverty, but need for more aid remains critical

The Covid-19 pandemic caused tremendous hardship in 2020. But timely federal aid and safety net programs dampened the blow and effectively kept millions of Americans out of poverty, according to the latest U.S. Census data. Louisiana, though, has suffered through a string of natural disasters in addition to the pandemic.… Read more...

June 28, 2021

2021 Louisiana legislative session: A return to (somewhat) normal

Federal pandemic relief dollars lessened the pressure on the state budget and allowed the Legislature to make important new investments in education, including a much-needed boost to the Go Grants program that will make college more affordable for low-income students and the creation of the M.J.… Read more...

April 8, 2021

Use Rescue Plan Funds to Invest in Louisiana

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Louisianans have faced incredible challenges as a result of the Covid-19 public health emergency and the economic downturn it caused over the last year. Despite this, the state budget is in strong financial shape thanks to past federal relief, and will soon be strengthened further by another round of federal funds.… Read 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...