Louisiana Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Louisiana, you may be eligible for Louisiana Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Louisiana unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.

Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Louisiana workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online - using the Louisiana Internet Claims Filing site

  2. Telephone – use the "Easy Call System" at 1-866-783-5567

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

When you file your initial unemployment benefit application, you will need the following information:

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number and dates worked for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
  • The name and phone of your union hall, if you are a union worker

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Unemployed Louisiana workers can for weekly unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online - using the Louisiana Unemployment Insurance Claim Inquiry & Weekly Claim Filing site
  2. Telephone – use the "Easy Call System" at 1-866-783-5567

Not long after your initial claim is filed, you will be sent a debit card via US mail. Instead, if you prefer direct deposit, download a direct deposit and form and instructions online.

Your weekly unemployment benefit will be deposited to your debit card or your direct deposit account 3-4 days after your file your weekly claim.

Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

Benefit weeks run Sunday through Saturday. You have seven days after the end of each benefit week to file your weekly claim.

Unemployment Benefits:

Health Insurance benefits may be available to you through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Career services and training assistance are available through VOS Host.

Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.

Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


Certain times are busier than others. To minimize your filing time, claim your benefits on Sunday or after regular business hours (5:00pm – 8:00am) on weekdays.

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