coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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Covid-era economy in La. ranked worst

With a June jobless rate of 9.7% and a five-year annualized employment growth rate of negative 2.3%, the Louisiana economy finished worst in a new ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St.
The state’s annualized gross domestic product growth through the first quarter of this year stood at 0.2%, the financial news website reported, while its poverty rate came in at 18.7%.

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Dashboard developed at UL

University of Louisiana at Lafayette researchers have developed technology that’s assisting city officials in New Orleans understand risks associated with economic recovery, and are expanding the project statewide thanks to a National Science Foundation grant.
NSF awarded UL Lafayette’s Center for Visual and Decision Informatics a one-year, $187,477 grant for the “RAPID: Visual Analytics Approach to Real-Time Tracking of COVID-19” project. With the grant, CVDI researchers will enhance its COVID-19 Resilient Economy Support Tool, or CREST.

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LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Professor Emeritus of Economics Loren Scott

State’s downturn worst since the 1980s

Louisiana will suffer a 5.3% job loss in the first half of this year — 104,400 jobs — due to the impact of COVID-19, according the 2021-22 Louisiana Economic Outlook.
The downturn will be the worst the state has experienced since the early 1980s when Louisiana lost 147,900 jobs (-9%) over a six-year period.
The report is produced by LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Professor Emeritus of Economics Loren Scott and Greg Upton, associate professor-research at the Center for Energy Studies.

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St. Landry Parish students to return to schools

The St. Landry Parish School Board voted to send students in pre-kindergarten to fourth-grade back to school full-time and fifth through 12th grades in a hybrid schedule.
Students are also allowed the option of continuing to learn virtually.
Grades five to 12 will be hybrid, which will mean two groups alternating weekly with three days in school and two virtually.
The decision was made during a special meeting Friday over Zoom with at least 500 connections monitoring the session.

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Free COVID-19 testing offered at LSUE thru Sept. 23

LSU Eunice, in partnership with the Louisiana National Guard, will host free COVID-19 testing on select days through Sept. 23 at the Acadian Center.
Those interested are asked to pre-register at, however, on-site registration is available. The tests that is administered is the self-swabbing tests. No ID card or insurance is required to participate.
Testing will take place Monday through Wednesday through Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants are asked to enter the LSUE campus from the east parking lot along LSUE Drive.


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