Louisiana Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Louisiana’s unemployment insurance benefits program is designed to provide temporary financial support for Louisiana workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

Eligibility is determined by requirements set forth by the Louisiana Employment Security Law. UI benefits are determined based on past employment and legal eligibility, not based on financial need.

In Louisiana, employers pay all costs of unemployment benefits through a payroll tax or reimbursable program. Employee wages are not used in any way to finance Louisiana’s jobless benefits program.

Louisiana Unemployment Services

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Louisiana Unemployment
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Weekly CertificationFile a Weekly Claim
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Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Louisiana?

To be eligible for unemployment assistance in Louisiana, claimants must meet the following criteria:

  • No longer working through no fault of your own or work hours dramatically reduced
  • Sufficient income earned during the base period for review Louisiana defines your base period as the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before you submit your initial claim
  • Physically able and available to work
  • Actively seeking work – the exception here is if you are laid off, but also have been given a target return-to-work date

Please see the Benefit Rights Information (PDF) for more details.

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodN/A
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
26 weeks$10$247$5,746-$7,384

How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Louisiana?

The fastest and easiest way for you to submit your new unemployment claim is to submit your claim online through the Louisiana Workforce Commission. You will need a valid email address to set up an account, which can be used moving forward both to check the status of your claim and to complete your weekly certification for unemployment benefits.

After you file your unemployment claim, you will receive a list of available jobs in your area that may match your skills and experience.

Managing Your Unemployment Benefits

Each week that you request an unemployment compensation payment, you will need to verify that you remain eligible to receive UI benefits. To do this, you can use the same account you created to submit your initial claim. Simply sign in and select Weekly Claim Certification from the Unemployment Services menu.

Throughout the process, you will answer a series of questions about your job search activities for the prior week, plus any wages earned and/or any jobs offered that you declined.

Filing an Appeal

Both you and your employer are free to request an appeal of any determination related to your claim. You must do so within 15 days of the mailing date of your determination notice. Your request for appeal may entitle you to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, who will review your claim and issue a new decision.

You have three options for filing an appeal, as outlined below:

  • Online: www.LAWORKS.net
  • By mail: Louisiana Workforce Commission, Appeals Unit, P. O. Box 94094, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9094
  • By fax: 225-342-4223

If mailed, your letter must be postmarked no more than 15 days from the date of your determination notice and must be signed by the person filing the request for appeal. If you file your request by mail, it’s also a good idea to enclose a complete copy of the original determination with your request.

Reporting Fraud

The state of Louisiana strongly encourages you to help stop unemployment insurance fraud throughout the state. Unemployment fraud is a waste of taxpayer dollars, plus it may keep unemployment benefits from truly helping those who need them the most.

If you have any reason to suspect someone of unemployment benefits fraud, you can use the state of Louisiana’s online system to make a report. You can also call 800-201-3362 and report fraud over the phone.

Louisiana Unemployment Office Locations

Morehouse Unemployment Office250 Holt Drive
Bastrop, LA 71220
Baton Rouge North Unemployment Office4523 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
Baton Rouge South Unemployment Office1991 Wooddale Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Unemployment Office - Belle Chasse333 F Edwards Herbert Blvd
Bldg. 600 Room 104
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Washington Unemployment Office537 Kentucky Ave
Bogalusa, LA 70427
Bossier Unemployment Office4000 Viking Drive Suite B-1
Bossier City, LA 71111
St. Bernard Unemployment Office3700 LaFontaine Street
Chalmette, LA 70043
Grant Unemployment Office205 Main Street
Colfax, LA 71417
Caldwell Unemployment Office6563 Highway 165
Columbia, LA 71418
Acadia Unemployment Office11 North Parkerson Ave #A
Crowley, LA 70526
Beauregard Unemployment Office1102 West First Street
Deridder, LA 70634
Union Unemployment Office303-B East Water Street
Farmerville, LA 71241
Concordia Unemployment Office107 EE Wallace Blvd
Ferriday, LA 71334
West St. Mary Unemployment Office600 Main Street
Franklin, LA 70538
Ascension Unemployment Office1060 E. Worthy Street
Gonzales, LA 70737
West Jefferson Unemployment Office1900 Lafayette Street Suite 1
Gretna, LA 70053
Geaux Jobs Of Tangipahoa Parish403 Market Street
Hammond, LA 70401
Terrebonne Unemployment Office807 Barrow Street
Houma, LA 70360
LaSalle Unemployment Office1050 Courthouse St Room 25
Jena, LA 71342
Jackson Unemployment Office236 Industrial Drive
Jonesboro, LA 71251
Catahoula Unemployment Office841 Collins Dr.
Jonesville, LA 71343
Lafayette Unemployment Office706 East Vermilion Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
Calcasieu Unemployment Office2424 3rd Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
East Carroll Unemployment Office409 2nd Street Suite 6
Lake Providence, LA 71254
St. John Unemployment Office421 West Airline Hwy Suite F
Laplace, LA 70068
Vernon Unemployment Office408 W. Fertitta Blvd
Leesville, LA 71446
Livingston Unemployment Office29565 S. Magnolia Street # 1
P.O Box 1327
Livingston, LA 70754
St. Charles Unemployment Office737 Paul Maillard Road #2A
Luling, LA 70070
Unemployment Office - Mansfield142 Lake Road
Mansfield, LA 71052
Sabine Unemployment Office1125 West Mississippi Ave #A
Many, LA 71449
Avoyelles Unemployment Office150 Goldenrod Street
Marksville, LA 71350
East Jefferson Unemployment Office1801 Airline Highway Suite F
Metairie, LA 70001
Unemployment Office - Minden902 Lee Street
Minden, LA 70155
Ouachita Unemployment Office24 Accent Drive Suite 151
Monroe, LA 71202
St. Mary Unemployment Office900 Youngs Road
Morgan City, LA 70380
Assumption Unemployment Office205 Hwy 1008
Napoleonville, LA 70390
Natchitoches Unemployment Office303 Bienville Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Iberia Unemployment Office609 Ember Dr
New Iberia, LA 70560
Orleans Unemployment Office3400 Tulane Avenue 2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70119
West Carroll Unemployment Office310 Skinner Lane
Oak Grove, LA 71263
Unemployment Office - Oberlin602 Court Street
Oberlin, LA 70655
St. Landry Unemployment Office1065 Hwy 749
Suite C
Opelousas, LA 70570
Iberville Unemployment Office23510 Railroad Avenue
Plaquemine, LA 70764
Richland Unemployment Office146 Christian Drive
Rayville, LA 71269
Bienville Unemployment Office2434 Manning Street
Ringgold, LA 71068
Lincoln Unemployment Office307 North Homer Street #307
Ruston, LA 71270
Caddo Unemployment Office2121 Fairfield Ave Suite 100
Shreveport, LA 71104
St. Tammany Unemployment Office520 Old Spanish Trail Suite 4C
Slidell, LA 70458
Unemployment Office - St. Francisville5681 Commerce Street Ste E
St. Francisville, LA 70775
Tensas Unemployment Office107 Arts Drive Office 120
St. Joseph, LA 71366
St. Martin Unemployment Office215 Evangeline Blvd
St. Martinville, LA 70582
Madison Unemployment Office1007 Johnson Street
Tallulah, LA 71282
Lafourche Unemployment Office1425 Tiger Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70301
St. James Unemployment Office2631 Hwy 20 West
Vacherie, LA 70090
Evangeline Unemployment Office306 West Main Street
Ville Platte, LA 70586
Unemployment Office - Vivian125 East Louisiana St.
Vivian, LA 71082
Winn Unemployment Office103 West Boundary Street
Winnfield, LA 71483
Franklin  Unemployment Office3290 Front Street
Winnsboro, LA 71295