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Louisianans received more than $1 billion in unemployment benefits during outbreak

3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago Wednesday, May 06 2020 May 6, 2020 May 06, 2020 5:38 PM May 06, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - State officials announced Wednesday that more than $1 billion in state and federal money has been paid out to Louisiana residents since the coronavirus took hold of the state in late March.

According to statistics released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, about $1,025,775,306.56 in unemployment relief has been paid out to Louisiana residents since March 22. About $275 million of that came directly from the state's unemployment fund.

The state expanded the criteria for unemployment benefits eligibility to include workers who are furloughed, self-employed or work individuals gigs. Last month, the state bottlenecked the application process for unemployment to help handle the overwhelming volume of requests.

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