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Date:February 19, 2021
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LWC pays $670 Million UI Benefits since beginning of 2021

81,000 open jobs available throughout the state

BATON ROUGE - For the week of February 15-19, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) paid out more than $120 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, bringing the 2021-year total to over $670 million. These federal and state dollars have benefited more than 230,635 individuals, which in return stimulates local economies across the state. This week’s payout brings total UI payments since March 16, 2020, to more than $7.6 billion, assisting approximately 800,000 Louisianans.

LWC’s HiRE site (www.louisianaworks.net) has nearly 81,500 jobs available. Last month, more than 4,000 Louisianans found jobs through LWC programs.

“More than 13,000 of those jobs available are within the Health Care and Social Assistance sector,” said LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie. “Filling these careers will not only put our state back on track, economically but also give us a stronger hand in fighting the pandemic, as healthcare workers strive to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to Louisianans.”

The HiRE site will be temporarily unavailable from 5 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, for system updates. The UI Call Center will be open the following hours this weekend: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

1099G/Tax Information

•   In January, LWC began mailing 1099G forms to those receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

•   If you have not received your form, it can be found on your HiRE account by selecting “Services for Individuals” in the left column, then clicking “Unemployment Service” from there.

•   If you received the 1099G form in error and did not file for UI benefits, please:

______o Go to the Fight Fraud banner located in the center of the laworks.com home page.

______o You will receive a confirmation that you can print out and attach to your tax return with the erroneous 1099-G.

______o Remember, filing a false identity theft report is subject to criminal penalties.

•   The IRS advises if you received a 1099-G in error and it has not been corrected before you file your federal income tax return, you should NOT report the income.

Resources for unemployment assistance

LWC strongly encourages all claimants to monitor their HiRE accounts closely (louisianaworks.net/hire) and to utilize its online resources to reduce hold times and resolve claim issues whenever possible. Claimants should be sure LWC has the correct and current email address. We also encourage claimants to answer No Caller ID calls.

Here are some tips for claimants:

Use one email per claim: We use your email and HiRE account inbox to communicate with you. It's best to create and use your own unique email address.

Update us as things change: Send us documents showing an address or name update that matches the information on your claim

Upload identity verifying documents: Upload front and back of requested documents (driver’s license/state ID) to your HiRE account.

  • Utilizing LA Wallet produces high quality ID verification photos and can help expedite your review process.
  • Uploading a Selfie holding your driver’s license/state ID and Social Security Card helps too.

Make sure that your banking and/or financial institution is correct in HiRE

Resources for employers and job seekers

Job-seekers can explore careers, apply for top-rated jobs and connect with local training providers using Louisiana Star Jobs, the LWC’s free career tool, at www.laworks.net/stars. Employers looking for workers should visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at www.laworks.net. Click on HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) and create an account allowing access to qualified job seekers.

About the Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees, and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.

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