BATON ROUGE – Since March of last year, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, LWC, has paid over $8 billion in Unemployment Insurance benefits to almost one million people. In fact, the LWC has paid over one billion dollars in UI benefits just since the start of 2021.
“Our commitment and tenacity will not cease,” said LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie. “We have seen an incredible amount of need during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our number one priority from the beginning has been making sure that the people who are eligible for benefits receive them. We know that things like unreported PPP wages, vacation and sick time have been consistent issues. That being said, the most important thing for us has been making sure that people have a roof over their heads and food on their tables.”
In the last 14 months, the LWC has processed almost one million applications, stopped two large-scale fraud attempts, and reported numerous fraud and identity theft issues to law enforcement, while also processing nine different types of UI, each with their own unique rules and requirements.
Now that employers are submitting quarterly wage reports, LWC is witnessing inconsistencies in what employers reported as wages and what claimants did or did not report. Over 260 thousand people are receiving payments weekly. The challenges LWC and all state labor agencies are facing are unlike anything ever seen. We continue to work each and every day to serve every citizen with the utmost speed and respect.
Resources for employers and job seekers
Job-seekers can explore careers, apply for top-rated jobs and connect with local training providers using Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free career tool, at www.laworks.net/stars. Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at www.laworks.net. Click on HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) and create an account allowing access to qualified job seekers.
About the Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
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