The Louisiana Workforce Commission has received funding from the federal CARES Act.
Anyone who is qualified for at least $1 of State Unemployment Insurance Benefits or the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits will be eligible to receive the additional $600 benefit from the federal CARES Act. This includes self-employed and 1099 workers, who are normally excluded from receiving state benefits.
The federal unemployment ($600) is retroactive for weeks filed back to the week-ending 4/4/2020.
If you are ineligible for state unemployment benefits but you qualify for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), you will receive the $600.
To learn more about PUA, visit https://www.louisianaworks.net/hire/admin/gsipub/htmlarea/uploads/UIPUABenefitsRightsInformation2020.pdf.
- PUA benefits have been extended through the week ending Sept. 6, 2021.
- The maximum duration of PUA benefits has increased from 50 to 79 weeks.