LWC receives massive spike in unemployment claims; how to file a claim

Posted at 6:40 PM, Mar 18, 2020

An official with the Louisiana Workforce Commission said by close of business on Tuesday, they received more than 11,000 unemployment claims.

Typically they receive a little over a thousand a week.

Those who were laid off from March 16 to March due to the coronavirus, have until 5 pm March 21st to file a claim with the state.

Application's can be done by phone or online, but officials with LWC ask if possible, you file your claim online to reduce the volume of calls into their office.

More information on filing an unemployment claim here.

However, those filing online say they experience several crashes.

"No, it definitely freezes up on you, it's crazy, all of my friends are phoning each other like hey is this happening to you, yes, that's the best part. You're not alone" Taylor Houghton said.

Houghton and her co-workers were laid off from La Carretta, She found filing an unemployment claim is easier at night.

"I figured out the best time to apply so far is about 9 pm to midnight, that's when you can get your info in without it crashing, it takes about 20 minutes at night. Any other time you'll be at a computer for 3 hours," Houghton said.

To start a claim, click here. For those who don't have internet access can make a claim by calling 866-783-5567.

As per the Governor’s proclamation, for individuals whose employment has been impacted due to COVID-19, work search requirements are waived and the week of waiting is waived.

Officials say Louisiana has $1 billion in its unemployment trust fund.