Richland Parish jobless rate spikes in March

Unemployment rose sharply in Richland Parish in March according to figures release this week by the Louisiana Works commission.

The jobless rate for Richland Parish rose from 6.5 percent in in February to 8.6 percent in March. It is also up from 5.7 percent in March 2019.

That translates into 722 people being out of work in Richland Parish last month as opposed to 528 in February and 470 a year ago.

The Richland Parish workforce was up to 7,676 people in March, up from 7,605 people in February and down from 7,747 a year ago.

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COVID numbers may be larger

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced antibodies-testing of shoppers at 3,000 supermarkets revealed 13.9 percent of New Yorkers had been infected with COVID-19 but in New York City, that number shot to 21 percent.  That would mean one in five people in the nation's largest city either has or has had the virus.

Emergency preparedness director sets no wake zones

Richland Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Dawn Williams announced April 23  effective immediately Woolen Lake is under an Emergency No Wake Zone.  

 The high-water level due to heavy rainfall has led Williams to issue the entire lake a no-wake zone, meaning that boaters can travel no faster than basic idle speed.

“When the lake is this full, the risk of property damage and even personal injury, as a result of large wakes from boats, becomes even greater,” Williams explained Thursday. “It can particularly impact damage to docks and boats.”


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