BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission paid $240 million in Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) to almost 300,000 eligible claimants on Wednesday, August 26. This is the largest payout of benefits to eligible claimants in a single day. Louisiana was among the first states in the nation to pay out LWA to claimants.
The LWC processed 85% of the pending LWA payments representing more than one-million transactions between multiple computer systems and bank partners. This historic payment recognizes Governor John Bel Edwards’ continued commitment to thousands of Louisiana citizens in need of assistance.
The agency will pay roughly $44 million in remaining benefits to an additional 50,000 more people today.
• Claimants are encouraged to remain patient as payments are delivered via their individual financial institutions which may vary according to their policy. Payments may take up to 24-48 hours to appear in their account.
• The LWC reminds claimants that in order to keep online-traffic running smoothly, most retroactive payment will not be visible in their HiRE summary, LWC reminds claimants to please check with their banks for deposits.
LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie said the massive payout of federal funds was a “team effort” that brought much needed financial relief to thousands of Louisiana citizens. “My prayers are with every citizen of our state” said Secretary Ava Dejoie. “I want to thank the incredible group of dedicated professionals at the LWC. We will continue to do our part during this time of tremendous need.”
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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