Louisiana Unemployment Extension

If your Louisiana unemployment benefits have run out you may be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 2 EUC08: 14 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 3 EUC08: 13 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, normally you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

There is another type of unemployment extension called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), more commonly referred to as Extended Benefits (EB). You will only qualify for the EB unemployment extension if you have used up all of your regular unemployment benefits and also used up all of your EUC08 unemployment extension.

If you qualify for the EB unemployment extension you will receive additional benefits equal to 20 weeks or 80% of the maximum benefit amount on the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.

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To go back to the Louisiana Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Louisiana Unemployment FAQ

To go the main Louisiana Unemployment page, click here: Louisiana Unemployment

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# Mona 2012-03-19 15:48
I have 3 more weeks of unemployment in Louisiana, can't get in touch with the office of unemployment. How can I find out if Louisiana is giving extensions? Or is thru the federal government how do I find out and apply?
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# Frank 2012-04-24 09:36
In SIMPLE ENGLISH 1. is it correct that after my normal unemployment benefits run out that I am still able to receive Tier 1,2,3 &4 extended benefits for a total of 20 14 13 6 = 53 weeks through Louisiannia? and 2. Then I can be able to get 20 additional weeks of extended benifits from the federal government? For a grand total of 73 weeks. Everyone is asking the SAME QUESTION but I do not see a clear answer. PLEASE HELP.
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# Robert 2012-05-07 12:55
My unemployment benefits ran out 2 weeks ago, how do I file for an extension?
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# Margaret 2012-06-28 21:14
I have received three emergency tiers for unemployment. Now they say that I do not have any benefits left. Please clarify this for me. Should I receive one more tier of emergency benefits and how do I apply?
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# Alison 2012-07-22 11:16
Hi Margaret. Were you ever able to get your question answered? I am in the same situation as you and cant get any answers. I am on tier 2 which i thought was 14 weeks but actually shows as 13 weeks.....all this os frustrating and confusing. I'd appreciate any help that you could share.
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# carmen 2012-07-31 09:24
This is the last week of my unemployment benefits I will recieve. I would like to see if I qualify for extended benefits. Cna you tell me how to reach a live person on the 866 number, or do you have a local shreveport number so I can speak to a real person?
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# being helpful 2012-08-06 17:24
call the 1-866-783-5567 number. make sure you are calling between 8AM-5PM or your call will not go through. to start:
-press 1 for english.
-wait until update stops speaking and when given the option hit 1 for information on unemployment benefits
-then hit 1 again to select that you are a claimant.
-next you will hear some updates about chase accounts, just wait until updates stop.
-then you should hit buttion 2 (option that states to file for weekly benefits, or for info about your unemployment acct).
-next you will be asked for your ssn - enter this and then when asked hit 1 to say that your ssn has been entered correctly.
-next, hit 2 again (option that states for info on an existing claim).
-lastly you will need to hit either button 6 or 7 when given the option for all other questions concerning unemployment benefits
- finally you will be directed to a live agent.

hope this helps, if it doesnt post a comment and ill see if there is another way but this is how i do it and i usually get to a live person
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# Muriel 2012-10-27 19:18
press#1 for English
press#1 for unemployment claims
pess1 for claimant
press3 for general infro
press5 and hold for a rep DON"T HANG UP
put your phone on speaker phone, but someone will answer
sometimes you have to wait 15-45 minutes but you will speak with a rep,, done it a plenty of times
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# LIsa S 2012-12-03 11:40
Once you have been approved for the additional 14 weeks in Louisiana, how long of a wait is it before you actually see the money, it has been a couple of weeks. Does anyone know??? Thanks
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# jeanette 2012-12-30 20:05
I was on unemployment in 2011 then went to work in aug 2011 for a different company. lost my job in may 2012 got unemployment until second week in december local workforce dept keeps saying i have to wait for six months f i am understanding the above i should get euc benefits immediately am i right
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# jeanette 2012-12-30 21:05
Lisa S you should begin receiving benefits as soon as you are approved assuming you have been making your weekly claims call unemployment of course this week will be almost impossible look for more than a hour wait due to the holidays
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# Shalanda 2013-01-23 10:14
I recently exhausted my claim and I am trying to see if I'm eligible for an extension and to see if the wages I made last year in another state was use for this claim
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# Rosalin 2013-01-28 13:59
I exhausted my bebefits in January 2013. I have filed several claims for extended benfits. I have not recieved any money yet. How do I know what teir of unemployment I am, and how do I know if I am approved for extended unemployment?
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# Stacy 2013-01-29 23:48
I just exhausted tier I and I have been approved for tier II. That's been two weeks ago, when will I start receiving payments? I call in my work search every Sunday.
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# Yancey 2013-03-11 01:09
I am confused on the EUC benefit process. Everything that I read from laworks state that EUC benefits are paid to if your claim was processed after Nov 2009 eventhough I see that the benefit period has been extended to 2014 and this is my last week of reg UI benefits. I am very worried because I have been searching unsuccessfully for six months to find a job and have not had one successful job search. Can someone please update me on the status for EUC benefits in Louisiana?
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# PaulaS 2013-05-28 14:06
I filed a claim for EUC but laworks says there is nothing on file and I cannot enter my certifications. Is there a waiting period to be approved for these benefits to begin?
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# Chris 2013-08-26 23:34
What is the waiting period on benfits after u recive ur card!!!!
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