Louisiana Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for unemployment benefits in Louisiana, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have earned at least $1,200 in wages during your base period, which is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before you filed your claim.
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. This means that you were not fired for misconduct, you did not quit your job without good cause, and you are not able to work due to illness, injury, or disability.
  • You must be physically able and available to work full time.
  • You must be actively seeking work each week you claim benefits. This means that you must be applying for jobs, attending job fairs, and networking with potential employers. You must be able to provide evidence of your job search activities, such as copies of job applications or resumes.

According to the Louisiana Department of Labor

If you meet all of the eligibility requirements, you can file a claim for unemployment benefits online, by phone, or in person at your local Louisiana Workforce Commission office. You will need to provide information about your employment history, earnings, and job search activities.

The amount of unemployment benefits you receive will be based on your average weekly wage in the base period. The minimum weekly benefit is $70, and the maximum weekly benefit is $450.

Unemployment benefits are typically paid for a maximum of 26 weeks, but you may be eligible for an extension if the unemployment rate is high.

For more information about unemployment benefits in Louisiana, please visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission website or call 1-866-783-5567.

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