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Are you willing to actively look for a job?


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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?


Did you earn at least $ 1200 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jul 2016 - Sep 2016 to Apr 2017 - Jun 2017


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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?


Were you fired for no fault of your own?


Were you laid off for no fault of your own?


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CALL: 1-866-783-5567 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim.

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State Name: Louisiana

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Louisiana (LA)
    Phone Number: 1-866-783-5567 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim.
    File Online: http://www.laworks.net/UnemploymentInsurance/UI_Claimants.asp
    Major Towns: New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairie, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Kenner, Bossier City, Monroe, and Alexandria

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Louisiana

    Louisiana Unemployment Questions

    How do I file an appeal?
    If you have received a Notice of Claim Determination or a Notice of Overpayment with which you disagree, you may appeal that determination within 15 days of the mailing date of the document. By doing so, you are requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. There are three methods of filing an appeal: on-line @ www.LAWORKS.net, by mail addressed to: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Appeals Unit, P. O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094 or fax to (225) 342-3112. If mailed, the letter must be postmarked no more than 15 days from the date of the determination and must be signed by the person filing the appeal. If you file the appeal by mail, enclose a copy of the determination with your letter of appeal. If you appeal as a claimant, you should continue to file weekly claims until a final decision is rendered or until you return to work.

    What happens after the appeal is filed?
    When an appeal is filed, you will be mailed a letter acknowledging receipt of your appeal. If you do not receive an acknowledgement letter within ten days of the date you filed the appeal, contact the U.I. Call Center at 1-866-783-5567 for assistance. When the acknowledgement letter is generated, the appeal is sent to the Appeals Section where an Administrative Law Judge reviews it and then schedules it for a hearing.

    Where will the appeal hearing be held?
    Most hearings are conducted at the office where the claim was filed or at some other hearing location that is within 50 miles of both parties. If both parties are not within 50 miles of a common hearing location, the hearing would be conducted by telephone.

    How will I be notified of the appeal hearing?
    A hearing notice will be mailed to the parties. The rules require that the notice be mailed at least ten days before the date of the hearing.

    What will be included in the appeal hearing notice?
    The hearing notice will indicate the date, time, and location of the hearing. It will also describe the issues that will be discussed at the hearing. If the hearing is to be done by telephone, the notice will include instructions on how to call in for the hearing.

    How do I file for Unemployment Benefits?
    To file a claim for unemployment insurance, you may contact the UI Call Center @ 1-866-783-5567 or you may file online. Before filing a claim, you will need the following information:
    • Your social security number.
    • Names, addresses, job-site locations and telephone numbers of any employers for whom you worked during the last 18 months.
    • Name and local number of union hall (if applicable).
    • Alien registration number (if applicable).
    • The member-4 copy of your DD214 (if you served in the military during the last 18 months).
    • Your SF-8 and SF-50 (if you worked for a federal employer during the last 18 months). However, do not delay filing if you cannot locate your federal documents.
    How should I file if I worked in another state or more than one state?
    No matter in which state you may have worked, or in which state you may now live, you can file your UI claim in the Job Center closest to your current place of residence. Personnel in that office will assist you in determining against which state you should file. There is a Job Center or a State Employment Office in nearly every large town in the United States. Click here to find an office near you.

    What are the minimum and maximum amounts of UI benefits?
    The minimum weekly benefit amount of UI in Louisiana is $10.00. The maximum is currently $247. Your weekly benefit amount could be anywhere in this range, depending upon the total amount of wages paid to you during your base period. The total amount of unemployment insurance benefits payable to you would be equal to 26 times your weekly benefit amount.

    How do I file for weekly benefits?
    You should file your weekly claims by calling the Interactive Voice Response System, Easy Call.

Questions & Answers

  1. Rachel says:

    I was approved for UI benefits but stop filing bc I got two jobs. Well one job as of today didn’t work out due to them not needing a nurse anymore and the second job was a night job where i was falling asleep on road and almost wrecked twice from being sleepy due to work site Being an hour away from home. Could i file again or those aren’t acceptable reasons??

  2. Ro says:

    If I was forced to quit for working conditions such as mice in building, and no working toilet would I qualify?

    • Sam says:


      If the hygiene conditions affected day to day work, you should be able to claim UI benefits until you find employment. Please consider applying and make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute with your employer.

  3. Lisa says:

    I work in healthcare the patient i had passed away and it is over 3 weeks now. UI office received response from employer saying I was still employed which yes it is true, but with no patient or hours I’m not getting paid. I even been calling and texting employer 2-3 time per week to find me a new patient, but they have yet to contact me regarding that. Do you think claim will be denied???

    • Sam says:


      If your employer is not responding appropriately, you can be eligible to claim. Please chase the office regularly and make a strong case for yourself.

  4. Megen says:

    If no problems processing claim..what is the average time it takes that I will start receiving benefits.

    • Sam says:


      It depends on the problem or the issue. The Unemployment Office would be able to advise you better. Please call the Claims Center.

  5. Darryl Leonard says:

    After an appeal they tell me I have to reopen my claim.The judge ruled in my favor. Why should I have to start over?

    • Sam says:


      If you’ve been filing all this while during the adjudication process, you needn’t file again. If not, you have to start the process again. Please call the Claims Center for further inquiry.

  6. Yvonne says:

    I work for a Fortune 500 company, at will employment. If they fire me do I qualify for unemployment?

  7. Robert M Gremillion says:

    How to handle a four week severance pay. When do I qualify? It has been at least eight weeks since my severance pay was terminated. I tried to apply earlier but was informed that I did not qualify because of the severance period. I was not informed that I could apply at a later date.
    I have searched your web site but severance pay was not included. Thanks
    225-766-3742 and ask for John.

    • Martin says:

      If your severance payout is now complete, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance if you still remain unemployed.

      The claimant has to wait until the payout is over.

  8. Brad says:

    Over the past two years my employer has steadily reduced my pay. He has announced his intention to cut my pay again after the first of the year. If I quit because of the pay cut … am I eligible for unemployment compensation?

    • Martin says:

      Generally, if you quit due to voluntary reasons, you’re not eligible.

      However, there can be exceptional reasons such as yours. Please call the Unemployment Office to confirm eligibility.

  9. Martin says:

    Do you get your waiting week after you go back to work

  10. jamie carraw says:

    applying for benifits

  11. Barb says:

    when I started my job I was making 38 hours a week my hours have been cut down to 18-22 hours a week it variers. What is UI

  12. james foster says:

    I filed 6 weeks ago and have been doing my job searches as required. I found out the employer I worked for ,for years was not paying unemployment ins and or taxes for me or the other employees. What can I do?…the call in line is always down or you get disconnected. I have been trying for a week to get a human. I have sent in check stubs as required…..can I get some help? Will I ever be able to draw?

    • Martin says:

      Well, I can understand your frustration. The Unemployment Office in your state can provide an accurate answer.

      Please try the phone during off peak hours or see if you can visit the local office for an update.

  13. Mary Helen Caudle says:

    I have filled for unemployment and have not received anything yet! How long does it take? I worked for this company for 12 years and it closed! I have been trying to find a job! I have done what was requested. My co-worker has already started receiving hers. Thank you

    • Martin says:

      Why don’t you call the claims center for an update on status? Initial claim takes close to 10 working days to be processed and paid out.

  14. Charity says:

    I have not received my unemployment card, but I see the balance applied online. It has been a few weeks. How do I get help with this?

    • Adrian says:

      Please call the claims center on 1-866-783-5567. Follow up regularly until you see that first credit in the bank.

  15. j. haynes says:

    I am unemployed and need full time work. If I find part-time work, how much can I make before it affects the amount of unemployment I am eligible for.

    • Adrian says:

      With a part time job,you can file for UI for the hours not worked in a week.The amount disbursed depends on a range of factors.

  16. CINDY says:

    I had bariatric surgery December 5th. On december 9th I called my employer and told them I could not attend work. I was very ill physically and emotionally. This surgery is unpredictable. Some patients recover right away other do not. Well I fell in the do not catagory. After I called them I also called another manager to take my place and she never returned my call. The store manager, texted me and told me that since she was on vacation and our Disrict Manager would not send anyone due to budget cuts, that unfortunately I had no choice but to come to work. I told her there was no way I could. I was on pain killers dehyrated, chest pains, could not stand, and definitely could not drive. I told her that the doctor would not release me until my next check up. I was released the following Monday. She texted again and said that I needed to be there at 3:00p.m. then again by the latest 5:00 P.M. because I needed to close the store there was no one else. I was devastated by this. Not knowing what to do I informed my district manager that I was giving my notice effective immediately. If there were any way possible I would have worked. I would have been a liability to the company if I would have been there. Also I had used up all vacation and benefit time. I was scheduled off for 5 days. I did not have a leave of absence. I also was not offered FMLA.I found out about Fmla after the fact. They have denied my benefits because the company has indicated that I quit for personal reasons. I quit due to medical reasons. I need advice. My appeal is this Friday.

  17. Cy says:

    I have an open claim which I was denied on in the State of Louisiana in March. I got laid off in NY State end of November. All this year. I need to know how to cancel my Louisiana claim, They want to reactivate it but the benefit amount is 200 per week lower than what I would receive in NYS and all I keep hearing is I have to exhaust this LA claim first, a claim I never even collected on in the first place and, was denied.

    • I. Davis says:

      I am unemployed and need full time work. If I accept full-time work that is paying significantly less than what I was making could I still be eligible for unemployment?

  18. Jamie says:

    I was give attendance points for missing a meeting on my off days while out of town. Do I qualify?

  19. Jacob says:

    My father is terminally ill. I quit my job several months ago to become his primary care taker. am I eligible for benefits?

  20. chris walker says:

    I need to close my open claim with the state of Louisiana.
    I live and work in oregon and now need to open a claim with
    Them. I never received any payments from Louisiana but I
    Still have an open claim.

    • kathy says:

      You may decide to continue the claim in Louisiana and collect from Oregon. What prevented you from receiving payments from Louisiana?? Either state can handle the claim and one state can “talk” to the other as far as opening and closing claims. Look at the websites for both states or perhaps you have the handbook from Louisiana to compare basics with Oregon – for example, waiting week, # of weeks of benefits, EUC available? As time passes, the base year on which a claim is based moves also – so you may want to use what you have in Louisiana and save what you have in Oregon in case you need it in the future.

  21. brittany says:

    hi, i worked at a daycare from the end of may to the beginning of july. i had to take two weeks off cause my child and i were severely sick. but on july 6 i got in a bad wreck and couldnt work so they let me go. can i get unemployment?

    • kathy says:

      You qualify to apply. If you meet minimal eligibility requirements you will receive benefits. Call to apply now, the unemployment representative can explain how and when you are eligible specific to your circumstances.

  22. Frank w says:

    I was out of work for just over a week returned with dr. note i have disk problem in my neck my employer sent me home saying i looked “stiff ” dont return until im better but my dr. Released me for work am i able to file for an layoff/ unemployment?

    • Baggie says:

      If your health problem has subsided and you can work regularly, your employer should not have a problem with that. But, if you were prevented from working even after getting a clean chit from the doctor, you may be entitled to receive benefits.

  23. Earl W. Kinchen says:

    I live in Louisiana but worked in Alaska 04/03/11 thru 06/14/13. In which state do I file for unemployment?

    Tks in adv for your reply.

  24. Justin says:

    haven’t worked in LA for almost a year. I need to close my unemployment account so I can open a new account in different state. how do I close my account?

  25. Joseph Melancon says:

    I filed back in 2010 but lost my card. How can I retrieve funds on card? Or far that matter, check if the card was ever loaded…

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Joseph,

      If you got a debit card from unemployment office because of a prior claim, you will have to use that card. To replace your lost or expired card, contact Chase Bank at (866) 795-5926.
      Your debit card will remain current for three years after it is issued. Please note the expiration date printed on the front of the card. If you have problems with the debit card, again contact Chase Bank at 1-866-795-5926.


    The restrant that I have work for two years has lost their liquor liscens and he did not pay us for a month. I AM NO LONGER EMPLOYED DO I GUALAFIE.

    • Baggie says:

      Hey Mary,

      You may qualify for benefits as you are not receiving what you were promised. Please note that you should have earned wages under covered employment (This is the type of environment where the employer has played employment taxes to the state government). Also note that there are other requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits.

  27. melonie davis says:

    Hi, I’m melonie Davis I been faulty accused in my resistantmadeaint available I been trying to fill out my letter but the computer down were I stay in oak grove been down I been trying to call y’all you can reach me at1318 559 8185thanks.

  28. Molly says:

    I have only been working at my job for 6 months, do i qualify for unemployment

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