Federally-funded pandemic unemployment is ending in Louisiana this weekend.

Govenror John Bel Edwards announced earlier this year that Louisiana would be pulling out of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 early so that Louisianans will return back to work. Louisiana has seen a shortage of workers as businesses try and rebound from the pandemic across the state.

Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Cates said in a press release:

Our core mission has always been putting Louisianians to work but that is more important now than ever. What matters right now is helping people provide for themselves and their families and making sure Louisiana comes back stronger than ever.

The LWC say these federally-funded programs will end tomorrow in Louisiana:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - this program provided federal unemployment benefits for Louisiana residents who didn't qualify for state unemployment benefits.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) - this program provided federal unemployment benefits to Louisiana residents who had used all their state unemployment benefits.
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) -  this program provided $300 in weekly supplemental federal unemployment benefits to eligible residents in addition to state-funded unemployment benefits.
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) - this program provided qualified self employed Louisiana residents to recieve for $100 a week in federal unemployment benefits.

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