UNITE-LA Today: Ensuring Unemployed Angelenos Understand UI Benefits

Despite the slow reopening of the economy, L.A. county’s unemployment rate is 10.6 percent, which is well-above the national and statewide rate (6.3 percent and 9 percent respectively). Black and Latinx Angelenos have been disproportionately impacted as they were more likely to be employed in industries hit hardest by the pandemic like hospitality and retail. To support economically impacted Angelenos, the L.A. Workforce Systems Collaborative (LAWSC), an L.A. Compact work group convened by UNITE-LA, worked together to create and distribute community outreach materials about Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits renewed by Congress for 2021. This flyer contains updated information on UI benefits and a list of WorkSource Centers that Angelenos can call to make in-person appointments to get help filing for unemployment benefits. Hard copies of the flyer are being distributed at City of L.A.’s FamilySource Centers, homeless shelters and food banks to reach individuals who lack Internet access.

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