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Date:February 12, 2021
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LWC pays $550 Million UI Benefits in first 43 days of 2021

77,000 open jobs available throughout the state

BATON ROUGE - In the second week of February (2/7-2/12) 2021, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) paid $107 million to the State’s unemployed and underemployed individuals. In the first 43 days of 2021, the Louisiana Workforce Commission paid approximately $550 million to more than 216,000 individuals across all Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs. This brings total UI payments from March 16, 2020 - February 12, 2021, to over 7.5 billion dollars to approximately 800,000 individuals.

All of the 30,000 identity verification backlog LWC reported on January 8, have now been cleared. Other than identify verification, the most common issues that require resolution are: conflicting employer submissions, able and available for work, wage reporting: payroll protection, paid time off, and severance.

Additional identification requirements mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor in accordance with the Continued Assistance Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020, remain in-effect. All new claimants are still required to submit identification documents. Additionally, new federal requirements of the CAA require proof of previous income for all 1099 or gig claimants.

“The Louisiana Workforce Commission continues to pay unemployment insurance in record numbers to those in need. Simultaneously, we must comply with all federal mandates, as state agencies will be held accountable”, LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie said. “We also want our fellow Louisianans to know that thousands of jobs are available and LWC is here to help you in your pursuit for employment.” LWC’s HiRE has more than 77,000 jobs available. More than 4,000 Louisianans found jobs through LWC programs in January.

Resources for unemployment assistance

LWC strongly encourages all claimants to monitor their HiRE accounts closely (louisianaworks.net/hire) and to utilize its online resources to reduce hold times and resolve claim issues whenever possible. Claimants should be sure LWC has the correct and current email address. We also encourage claimants to answer No Caller ID calls.

Here are some tips for claimants:

•   Use one email per claim: We use your email and HiRE account inbox to communicate with you. It's best to create and use your own unique email address.

•   Update us as things change: Send us documents showing an address or name update that matches the information on your claim

•    Upload identity verifying documents: Upload front and back of requested documents (driver’s license/state ID) to your HiRE account.

  • Utilizing LA Wallet produces high quality ID verification photos and can help expedite your review process.
  • Uploading a Selfie holding your driver’s license/state ID and Social Security Card helps too.

•   Make sure that your banking and/or financial institution is correct in HiRE

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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