Ida’s wake: Southeast Louisiana saw a sharp uptick in new unemployment claims after Hurricane Ida devastated the region, according to data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission. As The Daily Advertiser reports, the state had more than 9,000 initial unemployment claims for the week ending Sept. 4, an increase of more than 471% from the previous week. The New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houma-Thibodaux regions accounted for more than 92% of the new unemployment claims across the state. Read the full story.
LSU initiative: LSU is partnering with Louisiana State Police and Cyber Range Solutions Inc. to train hundreds of new cybersecurity professionals, according to a university announcement. The initiative, called FIREStarter, will enroll both traditional and nontraditional students and allow them to train in a “cyber range” at LSU to practice handling cybersecurity breaches. See the announcement.
August production: U.S. industrial production slowed to a 0.4% gain in August as the shutdowns caused by Hurricane Ida curbed manufacturing activity. Closures of petrochemical plants and petroleum refining along the Gulf Coast shaved 0.3 percentage points from output, the Federal Reserve reported this morning, which was just half the 0.8% increase recorded in July. See the report.