Georgia Unemployment Benefit Questions

Does retirement pay have any effect on my benefits?

If you are collecting a retirement pension from a base period employer, the pension may be deductible from your weekly benefit amount if your employer contributed 50% or more toward the pension fund. If the pension payment is determined to be deductible, the department will reduce your weekly benefit amount dollar for dollar by the weekly amount of the pension that is attributable to the employer.

Note: If your pension is from an employer you worked for before the base period, it is not deductible. The receipt of Social Security is also not deductible, although you do have to be available for full-time work.

How will I receive my payments?

Payments can be made by direct deposit or debit card. The preferred method is direct deposit into your personal checking or savings account. If you do not enroll in direct deposit, payments will be deposited to your Georgia UI Way2Go Debit MasterCard® which works likes a standard debit card. Payments by paper checks are no longer issued.

Can I Still Collect Unemployment if I Move Out of State in Georgia?

Being out of work and obtaining unemployment benefits is stressful. In Georgia, you can continue to receive unemployment benefits during and after the move. If you’re receiving unemployment benefits from the state of Georgia, make sure you’re aware of the rules and conditions to continue receiving your unemployment benefits. As long as you meet the requirements, you are still eligible to receive benefits each week.


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52 thoughts on “Georgia Unemployment Benefit Questions”

  1. Vicky Johnson says:

    I quit my job due to domestic violence. I applied a month ago and was denied because Georgia didnt recognize Macys law yet. Van I reapply now that the laws have recently changed?

    1. Sam says:


      UI benefits are extended to claimants who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. Unfortunately, personal reasons are not considered.

  2. Linda McComb says:

    If my job shuts down third shift for a few days can I get unemployment for those days?

    1. Sam says:

      If its involuntary shutdown, you may be eligible.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office by calling them.

  3. brandie says:

    I filed for unemployment on 10/29/16, my deadline was 11\15\16 for a decision but I have not heard anything, when should I know something?

    1. Martin says:

      Please chase the authorities by calling the phone numbers provided. Keep chasing them until you get a concrete response.

  4. Princess says:

    I am currently awaiting a decision for long-term disability. Its been over a month now since the case has been under review. will I be eligible for UI.

    1. Martin says:

      You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons. If you’re able and available for work, you may speak to the Unemployment Office and apply accordingly.

  5. Shelly says:

    I have been receiving UI benefits for 3 weeks. I received a letter last week stating that my previous employer has appealed the decision. When I certified for this past week it says it wasn’t paid. Is that due to the appeal hearing coming up? I was never told that I wouldn’t receive my benefits when I found out about the appeal.

    1. Martin says:

      That is correct. Your benefits will be on hold until they pass a decision during the appeals process. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy as you will be contacted multiple times during the process. You will be required to continue filing for weekly benefits though.

  6. William Higgs says:

    I applied for unemployment almost two weeks ago. I got the first letter determining my allotted weekly benefits and claimed my first week. How long does it take for the deposits to show up for direct deposit? Tomorrow will make 3rd business day since weekly claim was filed, and I am trying to figure out when I can expect to see the money in my account.

    1. Martin says:

      Well, the initial claim amount will credit the account after the waiting week. Please wait for a day or two and contact the claims center if you do not receive the monies into the account.

  7. Weusi says:

    I am returning from medical leave and my former position was filled and at this time Home Depot does not have anything for me. I have been released to full duty without restrictions. Can I get benefits while trying to find employment with Home Depot or outside of Home Depot. They just don’t have an position for me right now.

    1. Martin says:

      You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please call the Unemployment Office.

  8. Karissa says:

    My boss gave me a separation notice that says working hours are from 7:45am to 5 pm and they have no hours after 5. Do I still qualify for unemployment?

    1. Martin says:

      If you refused to work in this shift, you will not qualify.

      Otherwise, if you were simply terminated without any reasons, you can be eligible for UI benefits.

  9. Freddy Morales says:

    If I am receiving Military Retirement and I loose my current job after the military, am I entitle to the full unemployment benefits?

    1. Martin says:

      You should be eligible for partial benefits due to retirement income. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  10. Kei says:

    When my job ends on 04/30/16 and I am being paid A LUMP SUM SEVERENCE, will I be able to start drawing unemployment as soon as my job ends

    1. Martin says:

      Please wait until the severance pay period is over and file after that.

      Call the Unemployment Office in your state for more information.

  11. Judy Steward says:

    IIs there a waiting period for unemployment in Georgia

    1. Martin says:

      There is no waiting period that I am aware of.

      Please apply at the earliest.

  12. Mirranda says:

    Can I claim dependents on my unemployment benefits? if so, how much is it per dependent?

    1. Martin says:

      Some states do allow you to claim on the basis of dependents such as children. Not sure how it works in GA.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office for precise information.

  13. Sara says:

    My 16 weeks of unemployment just ended, what can I do now? Is there another benefit I can apply for. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    1. Martin says:

      Well, that would be the end of story.

      There is no extension in benefits available.

  14. chris says:

    Business closing and will receive I eligible to receive benefits and if so will I be penalized

    1. Martin says:

      You can consider applying for Unemployment after expiry of the severance pay period. No penalty is involved.

      Please speak the labor authorities in your state for further information.

  15. Patricia says:

    I will reach mandatory retirement age for my agency next year. Will I be able to draw unemployment, while I look for other employment?

    1. Martin says:

      Please check with the labor authorities in your state.

      I guess you should be able to draw benefits as long as you’re looking for work.

  16. Dion says:

    I recently did my application on online at the Georgia DOL but didn’t get my date to certifie.How do i find out my date to certifie if i dont get my email

    1. Martin says:

      You can call the claims center on the phone numbers provided for further information.

  17. Brandy says:

    I was laid off in June by no fault of my own. I thought I would find a job much sooner, but I’m having trouble and was wanting to file for unemployment. Will the unemployment be “backpaid” to the date of loss?
    Thank you.

    1. Jeff says:

      It will only be paid for future weeks from the time of approval.

      Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  18. Randy Miller says:

    I have been unemployed since March of 2014.I received benefits 16 wks.When if ever would I Be eligible for benefits again?

    1. Adrian says:

      Unemployment benefits are not revolving in nature. It is only one time.

  19. jill mccall says:

    Can a teacher that is furloughed file for benefits?

    1. Adrian says:


      If it is routine and was scheduled,you may not be eligible.

  20. Sylathia Johnson says:

    Can part-time teachers collect unemployment compensation between school terms?

    1. Adrian says:

      Generally,seasonal workers are not eligible.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  21. Sejal says:

    I am moving to Georgia and will be unemployed until I find a job-can I get unemployment benefits? How long must I have worked until in my current state to collect benefits if I am eligible.

  22. valerie freeman says:

    My job fired me for unsatisfactory work performance,I was getting unemployment,infill they appealed,after the hearing they reversed the decision,and now I have no income,I am appealing the decision,but what can I do,for income,I am looking for employment every day,my question is why do I have to pay anything back when I was approved by you to receive it?

    1. Adrian says:

      There must be some disconnect somewhere. I agree with you on the argument that they should have not given UI and taken it back.You must be on top on the appeal and follow up for an update.

  23. Audie says:

    I am currently pregnant due to deliver soon. I have been on my new job going on 4 months. I don’t have enough accrued time to cover leave. I must be with the company for 6 months to qualify for ST disability. Am I able to apply for unemployment benefits since I will be out of work on leave to have my baby?

    1. Adrian says:

      This is a tricky situation considering your tenure in current job.You may please contact Georgia department of labor’s customer service center on (877) 709-8185 for more details on how pregnancy will affect UI compensation.

  24. Jenny says:

    I am on unemployment. If I take a short term assignment, do I have to go back to the office and re-file when the assignment ends? Also, will there be a gap in my unemployment pay after the assignment ends?

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  26. Matt says:

    If you take a week of unemployment because your job’s work is slow and that particular week happens to fall on a holiday, does my employer have to pay me for that holiday?

  27. Tessa says:

    What’s the best way to cancel your claim? I’ve filled out the online application on 10/15/13 and I’m back at work now so I don’t need it now?

  28. Jerry Evans says:

    I am working right now and also getting Social Security. If I get laid off can I file for unemployment?
    Thank You,

  29. ralph mccormick says:

    can you getbenefits if you quite your job

    1. kathy says:

      If you quit for a compelling reason, necessary in nature, you may qualify.

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