Unemployment Insurance

July 21, 2020

How Congress can help Louisiana’s recovery

Congress reconvenes this week at a critical moment for our country. Record numbers of Americans are unemployed, and are facing the imminent loss of federal benefits that have helped them make ends meet. State and local governments are facing massive budget shortfalls that threaten their ability to educate children and keep communities safe.Read more...

June 17, 2020

Race, unemployment and COVID-19 in Louisiana

Working people of color have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Black and Hispanic people are more likely to work in front-line industries such as childcare and retail sales where infections are most prevalent. They also are more likely to have been laid off during the current recession. Read more...

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