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Date:September 4, 2020
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LWC has paid $366 million in Lost Wage Assistance

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) announced today that it has paid approximately $366 million in total Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) to impacted Louisiana residents since August 26. This total includes payments for the weeks ending August 1, August 8, August 15 and August 22. LWA is a federally funded program provided via President Trump’s Executive Order, and provides an additional weekly $300 benefit amount to qualifying individuals. Up to 44 billion in funding for states is available to support this initiative. Louisiana was among the first to apply, receive approval and pay these extended unemployment benefits to impacted individuals.

The LWC has requested approval from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to process payments for the week ending August 29, however approval has not yet been granted.

As a reminder, here are some LWA quick facts that should be considered:

- LWA payments will not show up in claimants Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE) dashboard. Individuals should check their bank accounts for the processing of payments.

-LWA payments may not process at the same time as other unemployment compensation. This is because LWA is not drawn down from state funds. The LWC is paying these benefits to Louisiana residents as quickly as we are able to, pending approval from FEMA on a weekly basis.

- Individuals need to continue filing their weekly certifications in order to receive unemployment compensation. Outside of this, individuals do not need to do anything in order to receive LWA.

As an update, the LWC has sent out a total of 22,730 emails to individuals that could qualify for additional LWA assistance based around the circumstances behind the reasons for their unemployment status. To date, approximately 14,498 individuals have opened the email (65% open rate).

“I’m proud of our team at the LWC who has worked tirelessly to ensure that LWA payments are processed and provided to Louisiana residents in a timely manner,” said LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie. “Our staff will continue to work to ensure that all eligible individuals will get the benefits that they qualify for.”

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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