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After a week of mixed messaging from state and federal officials, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday that the state expects to receive the first round of federal funding for a $300 enhancement of weekly unemployment benefits by the end of the week.

All Louisianans currently receiving state unemployment benefits will likely be eligible for the partial extension of weekly federal benefits authorized by executive actions taken by President Donald Trump over the weekend, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The governor made the announcement Thursday, two days after he said nearly half of the state’s unemployed workers would be ineligible for the weekly $300 payments on top of state unemployment benefits.

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It’s long been clear that the Crescent City’s economy has been shattered by the pandemic. But a new report suggests New Orleans workers have not only fared worse compared to the rest of the state, but also compared to most urban centers in the nation.

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From March 14 to May 2, more than 560,000 Louisiana residents applied for unemployment benefits.

That's about 12 percent of the total population of 4,645,184 people. But some estimates suggest nearly a quarter of the state is now jobless.

Patrick Madden / WWNO

Record numbers of laid-off workers across Louisiana are waiting for badly needed assistance, while the state struggles to process hundreds of thousands of new unemployment claims. Their lives have been doubly upended by quarantine and financial hardship.

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