Gov. John Bel Edwards Says Federal Unemployment Payments Will Start Monday

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday that the state is in receipt of the federal funds appropriated under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act to offer enhanced unemployment assistance to workers who have either lost their jobs or had their hours reduced because of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Louisiana state government on Monday will begin paying out enhanced unemployment benefits, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.

The federal money will equal $600 per week for each individual worker in addition to the existing state benefit that can be up to $247 a week. The federal assistance will also extend to 1099, contract, gig, and self-employed workers.

Unemployed workers already receiving benefits don’t need to do anything new to get the additional money, though they must continue to re-certify their unemployed status through the Louisiana Workforce Commission every week as usual. Previously ineligible workers can apply now. You can use this link to apply for unemployment benefits:


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