Roundup: OLOL’s new clinic / Robocall records / Jobless claims

Construction start: Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group broke ground yesterday on a new 11,500-square-foot westside clinic, set to open this fall. The new clinic, located in Port Allen, will house primary care providers, while the original westside clinic, at 402 N. Vaughn St. in Brusly, will focus on pediatric and specialty care. The new facility is expected to see more than 140 patients per day.  

Hangups: The nation’s robocalling epidemic continues apace, with 5.2 billion robocalls received nationwide in January, a new all-time high, surpassing the previous record set in October 2018 by slightly over 70 million robocalls, according to telecommunication services company YouMail. This volume equaled 167.3 million robocalls placed every day during January, and a record 1,936 robocalls for every second of the month. Read the full report.

Unemployment: The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped sharply last week, a sign that layoffs are rare and the job market is strong. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless aid fell 19,000 to 234,000, a low level that indicates businesses are holding onto their employees. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The four-week average, a less volatile figure, rose to 224,750. Read the full story.

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