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Louisiana Helps Florida Process Irma Unemployment Claims

Oct 6, 2017

Louisiana is helping Florida process its thousands of unemployment claims related to Hurricane Irma.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission, the state's labor department, said Thursday that it reached out to Florida to offer the assistance.

Louisiana had to cope with an influx of disaster unemployment claims after Louisiana's flooding last year and after hurricanes in previous years.

Agency Secretary Ava Dejoie said in a statement: "Colleagues from around the country have come to Louisiana's aid during numerous disasters. We are simply doing what we can."

The workforce commission says it is prepared to help Florida process the unemployment claims for at least 30 days.