The Louisiana Workforce Commission provides online services, career solutions, unemployment insurance benefits, workforce development, workers compensation and much more to the people of the great state of Louisiana. This is your one stop shop for state benefits information in the Pelican State. A claim for unemployment insurance in the state can be filed online or by phone. To file for UI insurance you must meet the following criteria:
1. You must have earned enough wages in your base period in order to qualify. Your base period is defined as the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before you filed your IU claim.
2. You must be out of work by no fault of your own.
3. You must be physically able to work and actively searching for work. And no sitting around playing World Of Warcraft does not consider actively looking for work.
If you feel like you meet the qualification you should apply. If you are awarded the IU benefit you will collect somewhere between $10.00 to $247.00 per week. The exact amount you will receive depends on the amount of money you earned during your “base period”. Payments will be issued to a debit card or direct deposit and will be available usually within 4 days of filing your weekly claim. Please note that IU payments are taxable and will need to be reported to the IRS. In order to report your IU payments you will be mailed a Form 1099G towards the end of January or the start of February showing the amount of benefits paid to you for the previous year. The application process is pretty simple and the following items should be on hand at the time of applying:
- your SSN number
- name, phone number, address, and location of all previous employers in the last 18 months
- forms SF 15 and SF 50 if you were a Federal Employee in 18 months previous to filing your claim
- and if you’re a member of the US Military you will need your DD 214
LAWorks also allows a user to search for a job in the state. You can search a job by location, keyword, education level required, by skills requirement and by job search number. A helpful resume service is also available that will help you create and then maintain your resume online for potential employers to view. Some of the better areas to find a job currently in the state are the Calcasieu Parish Consortium LWIA and the East Baton Rouge Parish LWIA. It is also recommended that you use enroll in the “Register for Work” service.