BRAC launches displaced worker database 

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The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is reaching out to displaced workers with a new job search database, BR Works

An estimated 3.3 million people in the U.S. filed for unemployment last week, the biggest spike in the country’s history, as workers continue to be laid off, furloughed or see a reduction in hours during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Louisiana Workforce Commission reported 30,000 claims filed between Sunday and Thursday last week, more than 17-and-a-half times the filing levels of the previous week. Data is not yet available for which sectors are experiencing the highest unemployment. 

At the same time, many of the state’s industries are looking for workers to meet supply demands. 

BRAC is compiling information about these available jobs to put into the public database. The chamber is asking any company that’s hiring, laying off, or furloughing employees to contact them. 

The BR Works initiative will also help facilitate between HR departments, for those laying off workers and those needing to hire, in an effort to reduce the screening time.

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