Unemployment Benefits Weekly benefit amounts are based upon your previous earnings. States individually set the maximum weekly benefit amount, as well as the maximum length of time you are eligible to receive benefits. In Louisiana, the maximum number of weeks that you can receive unemployment benefits is 26 weeks per 12-month period. The maximum weekly unemployment benefit amount in Louisiana is $247 a week.
The following unemployment assistance programs are available to assist if you have been unemployed due to COVID-19:
Unemployment benefits are subject to federal income taxes and must be reported on your income tax return. Louisiana taxes unemployment benefits to the same extent as they are taxed under federal law. If you choose, you can have federal income taxes withheld from your unemployment benefit check.