What Do I Have to Do to Keep Receiving Unemployment Benefits in Louisiana?


Learn the requirements for continuing to receive unemployment benefits in Louisiana and how and where to apply for weekly unemployment benefits.



After your application for unemployment insurance benefits is approved by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, you can start to actually collect your benefits. But you can’t just sit back and wait for the money to hit your bank account: You must meet certain continuing eligibility requirements to qualify for benefits every week. After your initial claim for unemployment benefits is approved in Louisiana, you will receive benefits only if you:

  • are unemployed or underemployed (generally, earning no more than roughly what you receive in weekly benefits)
  • are able and available to work
  • are actively looking for work, and
  • file to continue to receive benefits.

Unemployed Or Underemployed

You have to be unemployed or earning significantly less than you used to (also called being “underemployed”) to remain eligible for unemployment benefits. You have to report any earnings from work to the Louisiana Workforce Commission when you file your weekly benefits claim. You will still receive some benefits if you earn less than your regular weekly benefit amount in a given week (although your benefits will be reduced). Some states will allow you to continue receiving benefits even if you earn a bit more than your regular weekly benefit amount. You will be allowed to set aside some of what you earn (the amount varies from state to state). The rest will be subtracted from your usual weekly benefit amount, and you will receive the difference. Check Unemployment Benefits Rights and Responsibilities (Benefits Rights Information) for information on reporting your earnings and how partial unemployment benefits are calculated.

Able and Available To Work

You have to be able to work and available for jobs that you can do in order to collect unemployment in Louisiana. Some states allow people who become disabled or ill after applying for unemployment benefits to continue to receive benefits, at least for a period of time. Check Unemployment Benefits Rights and Responsibilities (Benefits Rights Information) to find out how Louisiana defines “able” to work for unemployment benefits purposes.

You also must be available to accept suitable work. Whether a job is suitable depends on where the job is located, your prior training, physical fitness, experience, and prior earnings level, among other things. Some states will require you to accept work that is increasingly outside of your geographical area, salary range, and/or skill set once you’ve been collecting unemployment for a certain number of weeks. Check Unemployment Benefits Rights and Responsibilities (Benefits Rights Information) for more information about what is considered a suitable job in Louisiana. If you turn down an offer for a job Louisiana considers suitable, you will no longer be eligible for benefits.

Actively Looking for Work

You have to actively look for work to receive unemployment benefits in Louisiana. Scanning the want ads while sipping your morning coffee is not enough. You have to check job listings, send in applications, and contact hiring employers. You may be required to register at a state workforce agency, which will allow you to access help putting together a resume, finding job listings, and applying for jobs. Some states require that you make a certain number of job contacts per week. See Louisiana’s Work Search Contacts section of the Unemployment Benefits Rights and Responsibilities (Benefits Rights Information) to learn more about its work search requirements, what records you will need to keep, and how you must report them.

Filing To Continue To Receive Benefits

You must file with Louisiana Workforce Commission to receive weekly benefits. See To File for Weekly Benefits section of the Unemployment Benefits Rights and Responsibilities (Benefits Rights Information), at the Louisiana Workforce Commission website, for detailed information on how to file your claims.


Jurisdictional relevance: ST

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