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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Louisiana Unemployment

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program was created to help individuals financially while they find a job. You must apply for UI benefits as soon as you are unemployed or you have experienced work hour reductions.

In order to be eligible to receive UI benefits, individuals must comply with several requirements.

All claimants must:

  • Be able and available to go to work.
  • Be actively seeking work.

*Some individuals may be exempted from this requirement.

  • Report any pay you receive while unemployed.
  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own.

Be prepared with all pertaining documents and information.

You will need:

  • Social Security number

  • Alien registration number (if applicable)

  • Names, addresses and telephone numbers of any employers for whom you worked during the last 18 months

  • Name and local number of union hall (if applicable)

Once you have fulfilled all requirements, you may file your initial claim online or over the phone.

To file a claim online, go to HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) at: http://www.laworks.net./.

You can also use HiRE to:

  • File additional claims.
  • Reopen claims.
  • File weekly claims.

To file a UI claim over the phone, call 1-866-783-5567.

After filing your initial claim, you must certify for UI benefits every week. Instructions will be provided to you.

Extended Benefits

Extended Benefits (EB) is a federal program that pays additional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits during periods of high unemployment. If you have exhausted all UI benefits, you may be eligible for EB. If you qualify for EB, you will be notified. You can also contact the Louisiana Workforce Commission at 1-866-783-5567.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides unemployment assistance to individuals whose unemployment is the direct result of a major disaster as declared by the President of the United States. Individuals who become unemployed as a result of the disaster, and who do not qualify for regular UI benefits, may file for DUA.

For more information, call the Louisiana Workforce Commission at 1-866-783-5567.

If you are a veteran, contact your local area veteran’s representative at: http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/Vet_StaffLocations.pdf.

What happens if I’m fired, laid off or if I quit?

You must report if you are fired, quit your job or refuse work to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, so a determination of eligibility for UI benefits can be made.

When you file a claim, your employer will be mailed a “Notice of Filing” to verify the reason you have stated as to why you are no longer working. The Department will have the final say regarding your eligibility for benefits.

There is no penalty or reduction in Unemployment Insurance benefits if you are laid off.