State unemployment claims falling; still higher than before pandemic

(The Center Square) – Fewer Louisiana residents made new state unemployment claims last week than the week before, though well over 100,000 people still are receiving benefits.

For the week ending Oct. 31, 8,419 people made initial unemployment claims, compared to 9,943 the previous week, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Last year, before the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic slowdown imposed to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, about 2,000 or so people would make new claims weekly. For example, during the week ending Nov. 2, 2019, 1,762 new claims were filed, the LWC says.








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