Unemployment Insurance

May 1, 2020

Unemployment, Covid-19 and the Louisiana workforce

The novel coronavirus has reminded us of the fragility of life, but also the fragile foundations of Louisiana’s economy. That is particularly true for families who were already struggling to make ends meet before the pandemic. 

More than 506,000 Louisiana workers filed for unemployment in the six-week period between March 21 and April 25.Read more...

April 9, 2020

Louisiana leaders urge Gov. Edwards to expand state’s unemployment insurance program

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April 9, 2020

We want to hear from you!

The Louisiana Budget Project wants to know about the experiences of Louisiana workers who are trying to apply for unemployment insurance benefits to better inform our advocacy. Complete our survey.… Read more...

April 1, 2020

Unemployment insurance reforms will boost our economy and improve public health

As businesses shutter to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the United States has likely already entered a recession. New weekly unemployment insurance claims in Louisiana have already jumped from 2,225 claims to 72,620 claims in just a week. Congress has responded quickly, by approving emergency measures that provide aid to families, workers, businesses and state governments. Read more...