Louisiana Workforce Commission

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...

April 25, 2017

CAT on the hot seat

Members of the House Ways & Means Committee spent several hours on Monday reviewing Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposed Commercial Activities Tax, and when it was over the media joined committee Republicans in declaring the bill dead.

Number of the Day

5.7 percent-  Unemployment rate in Louisiana, which has decreased for 4 consecutive months. (Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission)
July 29, 2016

New Occupational Data Show Need for Work Supports, Education Investments

An important goal of state policy should be to ensure that hard work pays off. New data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission show that many occupations adding jobs provide relatively low incomes to workers. Louisiana leaders should enact policies to support workers who will fill these jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Doubling the state’s Earned income tax credit (EITC) and increasing the state’s minimum wage would be a good down payment for building an inclusive economy that supports these emerging jobs in Louisiana.