unemployment insurance

May 23, 2023

Cutting unemployment benefits is punitive and unnecessary

Unemployment benefits are essential to the public safety net and provide critical financial support to Louisiana workers when they lose their job due to no fault of their own. But a bill working its way through the Legislature – House Bill 340 by Rep.… Read more...

April 14, 2022

Legislature must avoid UI reforms that hurt workers

Louisiana’s unemployment insurance system is supposed to protect workers who lose their job through no fault of their own by providing support to help make ends meet while they look for work or retrain for a new occupation. But Louisiana’s unemployment benefits are notoriously skimpy, with average weekly benefits that are currently the lowest among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  … Read more...

October 5, 2021

Louisiana needs the feds to step up

The Covid-19 pandemic caused tremendous economic and personal hardship in Louisiana in 2020. Devastating job and wage losses due to the pandemic would have driven tens of thousands of our neighbors into poverty. Instead, robust government aid and a strong safety net actually lowered poverty during the pandemic, according to the latest data from the U.S.… Read more...

May 21, 2021

We must increase unemployment insurance benefits without caveats

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on our state’s economy, Louisiana workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own were stuck with some of the lowest unemployment benefits in the country. 

Louisiana’s maximum weekly benefit of $247 is the third lowest in the nation, behind Mississippi and Arizona.… Read more...