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Date:November 7, 2017
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LWC UI Director named committee chair of national workforce association

BATON ROUGE - Renita Williams, Director of the Office of Unemployment Insurance (UI) Administration for the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), has been selected by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) as Chairperson of its Interstate Benefits (IB) Committee.

In this role, Williams will lead a national panel responsible for overseeing state UI agreements and interstate benefits processes and procedures. The IB Committee also represents the states' voice for both federal UI programs and the combined wage claim program. Williams is one of nine individuals selected to lead an association membership committee.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to serve NASWA in this capacity,” Williams said. “I look forward to collaborating with fellow workforce directors from across the country in monitoring the transmission of unemployment compensation claims data and developing best practices for its secure and effective exchange.”

“Renita’s appointment comes as no surprise, as she is keenly qualified to take on this leadership role,” said Ava Dejoie, LWC Executive Director. “Her expertise in the unemployment insurance industry is unrivaled and we expect her talents and depth of knowledge to support NASWA’s endeavors exceedingly well.”

NASWA is a national organization comprised of administrators from the 50 states and three territory workforce agencies. These public service professionals, and the state agencies they represent, manage Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, employment services, unemployment insurance, employment statistics and labor market and workforce information. For more information, visit

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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