BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisianans could see an 11% increase in maximum unemployment benefits in 2022, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).
Earlier this year, LWC announced the passage of state law in June 2021 going into effect on Jan. 1, giving more money to people filing for unemployment.
LWC said only individuals filing a claim on or after Jan. 2 will see the increase as claims filed on Jan. 1, 2022 are backdated to Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. The maximum weekly benefit amount will be raised by $28, bringing the total maximum weekly benefit amount to $275 for people who qualify.
“We have one of the lowest unemployment benefit amounts in the country, and it’s been more than 10 years since we’ve raised the amount of money people can collect,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Secretary Ava Cates. “In that time, the cost of everything from gas to groceries has gone up. This raise in benefits has been a long time coming for folks in Louisiana.”
Starting Sunday, Jan. 2 unemployed Louisianans may have an additional task when filing due to the quarter change, according to LWC. The agency said the first Sunday in every calendar quarter marks a change in the period of time used to determine eligibility for unemployment benefits based on wages. Some people will need to file a new claim this upcoming Sunday, or a future quarter change, on LWC’s HiRE system to check the qualification of benefits based on the new base period’s wages.
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