Louisiana Unemployment Insurance is an option for unemployed residents who have lost employment through no fault of their own. The State has implemented a compensation program for jobless workers in the form of unemployment insurance set by both Federal and State law.

Louisiana Unemployment Insurance Laws

UI amounts are determined by the amount you were earning before being laid off. Keep in mind, there are requirements to qualify for UI to begin with, like how many weeks you worked at your previous job.

State benefits are generally offered for a 26 week maximum. It is important to note that when the rate in Louisiana is higher than usual, unemployed Louisiana residents can qualify for an extension. The State will compensate you for 50% percent of the wage amount you've previously earned (in most cases).

In Louisiana, unemployed workers are expected to continue to search for new employment
in order to maintain their eligibility

Data on Unemployment Insurance Louisiana

Requirements for compensation amounts and lengths of benefits depend on the current rate. Full detail on all requirements in regards to receiving compensation can be found on the LA Claim page.

Louisiana Unemployment Insurance Handbook

Those who have exhausted all original UI are entitled to extended benefits or extension IF the Louisiana rate is higher than usual.

Under these circumstances, the basic extended benefits program in actually provides up to 13 extra weeks of compensation. As of 2012, Louisiana has implemented a voluntary program to compensate another 7 weeks all the way up to 20 weeks at maximum. See the eligibility ection for additional information.