Louisiana unemployment website back online after malware attack | Louisiana

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(The Center Square) – Louisiana’s unemployment website is back online after an attempted malware attack forced systems in dozens of states to shut down internet services.

Geographic Solutions, the state provider of online labor exchanges and Louisiana Workforce Commission unemployment claims systems, discovered an attempted malware attack that affected up to 40 other contracted states. the company.

The issue forced the LWC to shut down its HiRE website on June 29, putting about 11,000 unemployed Louisianans who file claims through the system in limbo, though state officials said their data was not available. not compromised. Authorities have encouraged claimants to file their weekly claims by phone.

The site is also used by approximately 76,000 unemployed Louisiana workers to search for jobs and other functions.

The LWC said the systems were back online on Tuesday, but warned that new security features implemented by the provider could delay payments for up to three days.

“Clients new and returning can now submit claims online and payments will soon begin to be processed. Due to new vendor security features, payment processing could take up to 36 hours. No further action is required. ‘is required for applicants,’ according to an LWC statement.

“Payment for benefits will appear in your HiRE account, but deposit availability is different for each institution,” the LWC wrote. “You can check your HiRE account online to verify that your weekly allowance amount has been processed.”

LWC officials said last Wednesday they expected the system to be up and running “within the next 72 hours.”

The malware attack came just days after the LWC highlighted an unseasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6% for May, the second lowest in history.

This figure is 0.1% higher than the revised rate in April 2022 and represents a decrease of 2.5% compared to the rate of 6.1% in May 2021.

The number of unemployed increased by 2,071 from April to May 2022, when it stood at 75,963. This number is 49,472 less than the same month last year.

The number of non-seasonally adjusted employed persons stood at 2,020,069 in May, down 3,512 from April.

All of Louisiana’s nine major metropolitan areas posted increases in the unadjusted unemployment rate between April and May. The Hammond area had the highest rate at 4.4%, while the Alexandria area was the lowest at 2.7%.

While unemployment remains very low, the benefits received buy less than in past years.

Louisiana was named the state most affected by runaway inflation in a recent study by small business website Merchant Maverick.

“Weighed down by the highest sales tax rate in the nation (tied with Tennessee) and one of the lowest median household incomes ($51,707, the lowest in the nation after Mississippi), the Bayou State has suffered greatly from the current inflationary economic circumstances,” according to the report.

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