Louisiana Parish-By-Parish Breakdown Shows the Harm of Not Extending Unemployment Insurance

If Congress fails to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program more than 7,800 people in Louisiana will lose their insurance coverage immediately on Dec. 28, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. An additional 12,400 people in Louisiana will lose their coverage in the first six months of 2014 if Republicans continue to block an extension of the program, according to Department of Labor estimates. The parish-by-parish breakdown, based on the total number of people in Louisiana currently receiving federal unemployment insurance, is below. 

Federal unemployment insurance took effect in 2008 and has been reauthorized several times since as Americans continue to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Despite the real progress the economy has made since its near collapse in 2008, there are still 1.3 million fewer jobs than there were before the recession began and long-term unemployment as a percentage of the unemployed is 37 percent, near historic highs.

Failure to extend federal unemployment insurance would also hurt job growth throughout the nation, costing the economy 240,000 jobs, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The CEA estimates that in Louisiana alone, failing to extend the program will cost 726 jobs.

Parish

# of People Losing Coverage Dec. 28

Acadia

68

Allen

32

Ascension

157

Assumption

34

Avoyelles

72

Beauregard

48

Bienville

38

Bossier

189

Caddo

688

Calcasieu

266

Caldwell

12

Cameron

5

Catahoula

27

Claiborne

27

Concordia

41

De Soto

61

East Baton Rouge

766

East Carroll

34

East Feliciana

35

Evangeline

37

Franklin

32

Grant

23

Iberia

98

Iberville

90

Jackson

35

Jefferson

833

Jefferson Davis

49

Lafayette

209

Lafourche

56

La Salle

10

Lincoln

70

Livingston

148

Madison

50

Morehouse

97

Natchitoches

80

Orleans

796

Ouachita

412

Plaquemines

21

Pointe Coupee

45

Rapides

221

Red River

25

Richland

76

Sabine

18

Saint Bernard

32

Saint Charles

69

Saint Helena

13

Saint James

56

Saint John

127

Saint Landry

135

Saint Martin

48

Saint Mary

80

Saint Tammany

251

Tangipahoa

270

Tensas

12

Terrebonne

97

Union

22

Vermilion

44

Vernon

62

Washington

59

Webster

115

West Baton Rouge

33

West Carroll

23

West Feliciana

20

Winn

25

Invalid –Parish**

108

TOTAL

7832