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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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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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LSU researchers to test campus wastewater for COVID-19 cases

For the last several months, researchers from the LSU College of Engineering and School of Veterinary Medicine have tested wastewater in various areas around East Baton Rouge Parish to track cases of coronavirus. What they have found, thus far, is that cases increased soon after Louisiana moved into Phase 2 and dropped after the city-parish instituted a mask-wearing mandate.
Now they will implement that research on the LSU campus to help determine numbers and location of cases.

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Free COVID-19 testing offered at LSUE

LSU Eunice, in partnership with the Louisiana National Guard, will host free COVID-19 testing on select days through Sept. 23.
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 for the next three weeks beginning today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.


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