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Updated : December 17th, 2020

State: Louisiana (LA)
Phone Number:1-866-783-5567 to file an Unemployment Compensation Claim.
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 @, 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. Jill,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

      1. I have been waiting all.ost a. Year.mor o Dr a year. I am desperate. I have to be out of my hotel in 2 days

        1. Yvonne,

          Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (you will mostly need an appointment).

  1. How will my lump sum pension payment from a non base period employer affect my current unemployment benefits in Louisiana. The pension is from an employer from 18 years ago. I was laid off during the covid shutdown period and I’m still actively looking for employment.

  2. I was supposed to take my class at the LA workforce commission by 10/25. I secured full-time employment on 10/23, 2 days before the deadline. For this reason, I did not take the class. But because I didn’t take the class, I was disqualified from receiving benefits, and at this point, will not be compensated for last week. Can I make up the class even though I am now employed and be compensated for last week? Or can the disqualification be overruled somehow so that I will be able to be compensated for last week?The loss of that week’s compensation is devastating for my 3 children and I…..:(

    1. Lindi,

      I can understand your situation. If you think you were disqualified due to involuntary reasons, please file an “Appeal” with supporting paperwork.

  3. My name is keshia and I live in Louisiana I’m still waiting to hear something from the unemployment about my claim I didn’t receive a letter from them all my status is saying is being processed what does that mean I know the first week doesn’t count but it’s two weeks now

    1. Keisha,

      Please call the Claims Center on the phone numbers provided. Make sure to chase at regular intervals until the payment stabilize.

    2. I have been waiting 5 months for my and have not heard nothing this a shame I have been working for 40 year they lad me off another company all way said family first but that not want you do to family told them to or they will loose the contrack sense I have been lad off November 12 I have notrecive any unemployed

  4. I like to know that I was on a job that did point system but I had some issue that kept me using points and so they let me go. I apply for unemployment and was denied because of the job. Can I do anything about that.

    1. John,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are only extended to claimants who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. If you think it was not your fault, please consider appealing the decision with documentary evidence.

  5. I filed for uneployment and didnt recieve a letter to let me know if i would be able to get them or not i need to check on my case on the telephone is it a number i call to do that ?

  6. My husband was lay off from Texas but lives in Louisiana. He did have Louisiana state taxes taken out of his check. The company he worked for is only out of Texas. He was denied Texas unemployment and was told to file with Louisiana. He was never paid for working in the state of Louisiana. Is this legal for a Texas company to report unemployment to Louisiana and require you to file at Louisiana unemployment rate?

    1. Karen,

      I am not really sure about the legality of this situation. Please call the Unemployment Office in Louisiana for clarification.

  7. I had applied for benefits in July of 2017 but never followed up with submitting claims- no benefits were received from state. I had recently moved to another state and found employment and forgot about the account.
    1. How am I able to close out the account with the unemployment office?
    2. Since I did not submit any claims or receive benefits, will I have a 1099 to file this tax season? Or will it not affect anything?

    1. Bethany,

      Since you never claimed the money, you don’t have to worry about it further. For clarification, please call the Unemployment Office.

  8. I have lived in Louisiana for just over two years now. I currently transferred locations and have had issues since. My current employers first of all deny my breaks/lunch on a regular basis. But most recently I woke up ill on Monday morning, called in immediately which was one hour prior to my shift. The manager told me I must come in anyway, I went to the Dr. Who verified my sickness and then wrote me out of work for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I was already scheduled off on Wednesday anyway therefore I missed two work days both excused by a doctor. My next scheduled work day was Thursday at 7am. I called the office to confirm my work time. At that time I was informed that the schedule had changed and that I was no longer scheduled. On Friday I called the office again to find out my following schedule and was informed that I was no longer on it. I was already scheduled off until Monday original per an approved request off time. Friday night I called again. And this time was told I was no longer in the schedule. Does this mean I am fired? I am planning on going Monday to speak with management regarding the issue. But if they fire me, even with legit doc excuses… Does this make me eligible for unemployment? I feel intimidated even going to speak with them. I’ve never been fired. Please any advice would be helpful!

    1. Whitney,

      I can understand your situation. If you’re fired for involuntary reasons, you can claim UI benefits until you find a job. If you quit due to hostile working conditions, you can still be eligible.

  9. I have been laid off due to workforce reduction and meet all criteria for unemployment. I will be receiving severance pay. I cannot find any specific answer regarding how my severance will affect my unemployment benefits. I will receive a lump sum payment. Please explain, in depth, how severance affects unemployment benefits. Kathy

    1. Kathy,

      You’re required to declare the severance pay. Since its a lump sum, you can apply for UI benefits right away. It might have a monetary impact on the weekly benefit amount.

  10. 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??

    1. Ro,

      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.

  11. 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???

    1. Lisa,

      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.

    1. Megan,

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

  12. 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?

    1. Darryl,

      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.

  13. 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.

    1. 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.

  14. 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?

    1. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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?

    1. 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.

  17. 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

    1. 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.

  18. 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?

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

  19. 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.

    1. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

    1. 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?

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

  23. 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.

    1. 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.

  24. 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?

    1. 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.

  25. 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?

    1. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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…

    1. 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.

  29. 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.

    1. 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.

  30. 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.

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