Federal unemployment stops while state rate drops
BATON ROUGE - About 7,000 people in Louisiana will lose their unemployment benefits Saturday.
Only people who qualified for an extra 37 weeks of coverage, on top of the traditional 26 weeks of benefits will lose their benefits. This is part of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation provided by the federal government during the recession. Nothing will change for the other 24,000 people in the state collecting traditional unemployment. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says they've contacted everyone who is losing their funding.
The commission has nine career centers in the Baton Rouge area, helping people find jobs. This year, 26,000 jobs have been added, statewide.
"Really in Louisiana the story is employers need more trained workers in all manner of fields. The trick is making sure that you've got the skills that you need to qualify for the jobs in your community," explained Tom Guarisco, Communications Director at Louisiana Workforce Commission. "The fastest growing industries most recently were pleasure and hospitality, trade transportation and utilities, and construction. Those are kind of bread and butter industries in Louisiana."
Louisiana's unemployment rate is at 6.3%. The rate continues to drop for the third month in a row.