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FAST FACTS ABOUT LOUISIANA UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

FAST FACTS ABOUT LOUISIANA UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

FAST FACTS ABOUT LOUISIANA UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

By some estimates the national unemployment rate may climb as high as 34 percent during the current Covid-19 crisis. Here in Louisiana nearly 100,000 people applied for unemployment benefits during the last week of March. Not surprisingly, a major percentage of those claims came from people in the hospitality industries. If you are among the newly unemployed or know someone who is, here are some important facts:

How do I apply?

Unemployment claims in Louisiana can be filed at www.louisianaworks.net/hire or by calling 866-783-5567. New applicants will need to provide their name, phone number and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Claims will have to be filed every week in order to continue receiving benefits.

Who qualifies for benefits?

  • People who have been told not to report to work and who are not being paid.
  • People who have been terminated from their jobs.
  • People whose workplace has been closed and who are not getting paid.
  • People whose work hours have been reduced due to the virus.

How much will I receive?

The maximum unemployment benefit in Louisiana is $247 per week, and payouts are available for up to 26 weeks. Extended benefits are typically only made available when unemployment rates are extraordinarily high. If you qualify you can receive benefits immediately.

Do I have to be looking for a job to receive benefits?

Generally you would, but during this period of crisis, that requirement has been waived.

What about the additional $600 per week that was included in the Federal government’s stimulus plan?

The plan included that extra $600/week, but according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission it has received no guidance or additional funding (as of April 1). The CARES Act, which was passed by the Senate clearly provides for an additional $600/week to supplement each state’s actual weekly benefit. Conceivably, this will soon go into effect in Louisiana (and all other states), but so far it has not been implemented.

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