State’s unemployed to begin receiving $300 federal benefit boost

(The Center Square) – Unemployed Louisiana residents have begun receiving an additional $300 in weekly benefits provided by the federal government, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) said.

The LWC has distributed about $7 billion to nearly 700,000 Louisianans since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the commission said. Most of that money has consisted of federal dollars, although the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund was tapped out during the pandemic, forcing the state to borrow from the federal government to pay legally required benefits.

Though the original federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act pro-grams that made the additional benefits available expired Dec. 26, the replacement bill was signed the following day and recipients will not miss a payment, the LWC said. CARES Act recipients will have their prior claim restored and will be able to continue receiving benefits as before.



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