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Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The Louisiana Workforce Commission has made changes to unemployment to help workers across the state whose jobs were impacted by the coronavirus. The changes mean more people may be eligible for unemployment insurance. The work search requirement and one week waiting period have been waived. Those who may qualify include:
  • Workers whose hours were reduced because of lack of work due to coronavirus
  • Employees who are not being compensated despite their workplace temporarily closing
  • Employees instructed not to go to work, and who are not being paid while at home

Those employees may file a claim online at or by calling the claim center at 866-783-5567. You must answer "yes" to the question "Are you filing for unemployment insurance benefits for reasons related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?"

If you have applied for Unemployment and do not know whether or not you qualified, log on at or call 1-866-783-5567.  

If you need to reset your password, call 311 (press 2) or (337) 769-4090 and someone can assist you.

If any of these situations apply to you, it is VITAL that you continue to submit your weekly certifications every Sunday at or call 1-866-783-5567:  
  • you HAVE qualified for Unemployment
  • you have NOT yet qualified for Unemployment
  • you are self-employed or a 1099 worker
  • you received a note from Louisiana Workforce Commission stating you reported zero wages

Frequently Asked Questions (4/10/20)

Self-Employed, independent contractors, and gig workers are eligible to receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation as outlined in the CARES Act. Get details below.

NOTE: The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation is taxable, as are traditional unemployment benefits.

Louisiana Workforce Commission



How to: Apply for UI Benefits

How to: Weekly Certification

Where is my $600 from the CARES Act?






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