Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Published 05/07/2002 01:05:00 PM | Updated 11/13/2014 10:11:35 AM

How do I apply for unemployment insurance benefits?

Unemployment Insurance is a program designed to provide temporary financial assistance to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who meet the requirements of the Louisiana Employment Security Law. Unemployment insurance benefits are paid as a matter of past employment and legal entitlement, and not on the basis of need.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is the state agency responsible for this program; comprehensive information is available online at:

Filing Initial Unemployment Insurance Claim:

Online: Register online with the Louisiana Workforce Commission at:

By phone: Contact the "Easy Call System" at  1-866-783-5567. Information on how to access the "Easy Call System" is available online at:

To file a claim, you MUST have the following information:

  • Your Social Security number
  • The name, address, and telephone number of any place you’ve worked in the last 18 months (This information must be entered exactly as it appears on your check stub.)
  • The name and local number of your union hall, if applicable
  • Your Alien Registration number, if you are not a United States citizen
  • A valid e-mail address

Consult the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about unemployment insurance benefits at:

Continuing Claims and Claim Inquiry: Click on "Reemployment Services" at:

Resolutions: People who have issues with their claims should call the LWC's toll-free line at 1-866-783-5567.

OR send an email by completing the form at:


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