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Updated : July 14th, 2021

Georgia Unemployment Benefits

The state of Georgia, in association with the Federal government, provides Unemployment Insurance (UI) to those who have lost their employment due to reasons not concerning their conduct or performance.

Know more about the requirements to claim for benefits, various ways to apply, contact details, and other important details that are necessary to file for Unemployment Insurance in Georgia.

Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Georgia

The state of Georgia has set various criteria to be deemed eligible for unemployment benefits. The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will oversee that the set criteria are met by the applicants. The requirements include – monetary eligibility, job separation, and maintenance of eligibility during the benefit period.

Monetary Eligibility

The state law in Georgia requires the applicants to meet the set monetary requirements to gain eligibility for monetary benefits. The monetary requirements consist of receiving ‘insured wages’, and the total wages received during the ‘base period’.

Insured wages are wages paid by the employer who pays Georgia Unemployment Insurance tax, and it is necessary for you to show that your wages are indeed insured wages to qualify for benefits.

In the state of Georgia, the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed at the time when you file the unemployment claim is considered as the regular base period. For those whose wages do not qualify for the regular base period, may consider the alternative base period. The alternative base period in Georgia is the last four calendar quarters completed at the time of filing the claim.

To meet the monetary requirements, applicants must possess the following qualifications:

  • You must have insured wages in at least two-quarters of the base period
  • Your wages must be equal to or more than $1,134 in the two-quarters of the base period in which you have the highest wages
  • The total wages in the base period must be equal to at least one and one-half times of the wages received in the quarter in which you earned the highest wages

Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): The regular method of calculating the WBA in Georgia is done by dividing the total amount of money earned in the two highest paid quarters by 42.

If you fail to qualify for benefits as your total wages is not equal to one and one-half times the wages received in the highest earning quarter, an alternative calculation can be used. The alternative calculations are made by dividing the total amount of money paid in the highest earning quarter by 21.  

The minimum weekly benefit amount provided in Georgia is $44, and the maximum benefit amount is capped at $330. The maximum benefit period is determined by the rate of unemployment in Georgia. The chart below shows the number of weeks you may receive the benefits depending on the unemployment rate in Georgia:


Determination of the Maximum Benefit Period
Unemployment Rate Adjusted seasonally Maximum Number of Weeks
Less than or equal to 6.5% 14
Greater than 6.5%, up to 7.00% 15
Greater than 7.00%, up to 7.5% 16
Greater than 7.5%, up to 8.00% 17
Greater than 8.00%, up to 8.5% 18
Greater than 8.5%, up to 9.00% 19
9.00% and above 20

Find out more about eligibility requirements

Job Separation

The reason for your separation from your previous organization/employer is one of the crucial criteria which can affect your claim for benefits. You must have not lost your job due to any fault of your own. To gain eligibility for benefits, you must meet the below eligibility requirements:

  • Lost the job due to no fault of theirs whatsoever
  • Have earned wages at least 10 times the weekly benefit amount of your claim
  • You were laid off due to lack of work, or your employer has reduced your working hours due to lack of work
  • You were not involved in any criminal activities in your previous organization leading to your job separation
  • You were not fired for reasons that come under the definition of misconduct

GDOL will contact your previous employer to obtain information on your job separation and will verify the reasons presented by you. The department may deem you ineligible if the reason given by you for job-separation is not the same as the reasons given by your previous employer.

Eligibility requirements – overview

Maintaining Eligibility

Once you prove your monetary eligibility and justify your reasons for separating from the previous organization, you would be eligible for monetary benefits. This, however, doesn’t mean that you would receive benefits throughout the benefit period.

You must maintain eligibility throughout the benefit period to continue to receive benefits. To remain eligible, you must follow these points:

  • You must be able and available to work
  • You must provide proof that you are looking for work on a weekly basis
  • You are expected to seek and accept any suitable job offer made to you
  • As the length of your unemployment increases, you will be expected to make adjustments in your wage expectations, working conditions, job description, prior training and/or experience
  • When GDOL refers you for a job, you must apply for the same

Failing to carry out any of the above points would result in discontinuation of the payment of benefit amount.

If you were offered a job but refuse to accept the offer, you are expected to immediately report it to GDOL. The department will then determine if the reason to refuse the job is acceptable or not. You may only refuse to work under a few scenarios, such as:

  • The position opened up due to an ongoing strike
  • The job paid less than the prescribed minimum wage
  • The wage was substantially less than the prevailing wages paid for similar work in the neighborhood

You must also remember the following points to meet the work availability and work search requirements:

  • You must register to employment services unless you are exempt by law
  • If you are a citizen of Georgia, you must register with GDOL
  • You must make at least 3 job contacts in a given week
  • Be physically able to perform work (even if it’s not your regular field of work)
  • If you are filing an interstate claim, register with the local state workforce, but you must follow the rules and regulations of Georgia regarding your availability for work and work search requirements

    You must meet other eligibility criteria, including the availability for work and work search requirements each week. GDOL may randomly conduct an audit, in which if it’s found that you do not meet any particular criteria, your benefits will be stopped.

    Find out on job search requirements

    How To Apply For UI Benefits In Georgia?

    You can file claims through GDOL website or through telephone by using the GDOL Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.

    Once your claim is accepted by GDOL, the department will issue a benefit determination letter. The letter will show the following information:

    • Your insured wages during the base period
    • The probable weekly benefit amount you may earn
    • The maximum number of weeks you may receive the benefits
    • The probable maximum benefit amount you will be paid through your benefit period
    • The periodically adjusted unemployment rate of the state of Georgia

    You are advised to go through the determination letter thoroughly and in case you do not agree with any of the mentioned information, you may apply for reconsideration.

    Remember to apply for reconsideration within 15 days of receiving the determination letter in writing, in your career center.


    You can file a claim through the GDOL website at any time of the day. The website is operational 24 hours of the day and on 7 days of the week. You will need to create a GDOL PIN when you are filing the unemployment claim in Georgia the first time. You will need the GDOL PIN while filing for claims throughout the benefit period.


    You can file for claims by telephone by dialing Georgia unemployment phone number (1.866.598.4164). Follow all the instructions given by the IVR system. You will need the GDOL PIN to file for claims by telephone as well, and you may set the PIN over the phone too while claiming for benefits in the first week.

    Note – If you face any trouble while applying for benefits, call the Georgia unemployment customer service number.

    How To File Weekly Claims?

    Weekly claims can be claimed by either using the website or by telephone. You will have to file claims each week and must meet the set requirements each week to be eligible for weekly claims.

    If you fail to claim benefits for more than two weeks in a row, you will have to open the unemployment claim account through the website, telephone or in the career centers again.

    Learn how to claim weekly benefits

    UI Benefits Amount

    The UI benefits calculator will assist you in finding out your approximate weekly benefit amount in Georgia. Enter the appropriate values and find out how much you may receive every week.

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    Things To Know After Filing An Application

    Your responsibility does not end with the filing of the claim. There are many important aspects that you should know to make sure that they are on the right track, and also should be informed about any probable issues that might pop up.

    Overpayment And Fraud

    If it is found that you were paid benefits that were not supposed to be received by you, it would be considered as an overpayment. If the event you receive an overpayment, you must immediately bring it to the notice of GDOL. You will be expected to pay back the excess amount received, along with any income taxes that were withheld.

    GDOL identifies two types of overpayments, they are:

    • Non-fraud overpayment
    • Fraud overpayment

    Non-fraud Overpayment

    An overpayment that is the amount you received without the intention of obtaining benefits that you were not entitled to, is identified as a non-fraud overpayment.  

    You are expected to pay back the overpayment, along with the other civil penalties, court costs, and filing fees as applicable. You can, however, request for a waiver from paying the excess amount if you did not intentionally receive the overpayment. GDOL will consider the following points to decide if the waiver must be given or not:

    • The intention with you received the excessive amount
    • Your financial condition after paying the overpayment, and the possible hardships you may face to make the payment
    • Your prospect of getting employment to repay the overpayment

    The decision taken by GDOL will be final and appeal on the decision of waiver cannot be appealed.

    Also, make sure that you apply for a waiver within 15 days of the release date of the overpayment notice.

    Fraud Overpayment

    If you have knowingly received excessive payments that were not intended to be paid to you, it will be considered as fraud overpayment. The GDOl will declare it a fraud overpayment, if:

    • You knowingly make false statements to fraudulently gain eligibility for benefits
    • You knowingly failed to disclose important information or facts that are essential
    • You misrepresent facts intentionally to obtain or increase the benefit amount

    GDOL considers that fraud is committed when you knowingly distorts or conceals facts with the purpose of obtaining or increasing the benefit amount. If you are found to have committed fraud, you will be subject to the following penalties:

    • You must pay entire overpaid amount 
    • A penalty of 15 % of the total amount must be paid
    • You should pay interest of 1% of the unpaid balance every month
    • You will not be allowed to collect unemployment benefits for the rest of the calendar quarter, and a year after the quarter
    • You may also be subject to civil or criminal penalties

    Repayment Of Overpayments

    You may voluntarily repay the dues with a lump sum payment or in the form of planned installments. If you fail to voluntarily pay the excessive amount, GDOL may take one of the following decisions:

    • Deducting 50% of the future benefit payments, and applying it for the overpayment
    • The state may also seek legal action, including criminal prosecution

    Benefits Extension

    Georgia offers benefits extension only when the state’s unemployment rate is too high. To know more about the benefits extension, visit GDOL.

    Job Training Assistance

    GDOL has many training programs in place to help people find suitable employment opportunities. In addition to providing unemployment benefits in Georgia, the Career Centers also organize workshops and events with the intention of helping the job-seekers to improve their skills.

    Each Career Centers provides the following services:

    • Résumé writing and cover page writing assistance
    • Provides referrals and contacts of employers to job-seekers
    • Labor market information
    • Job search workshops
    • Career assessment and job-search assistance
    • Skill assessment of job-seekers, and referring them to the required training classes

    GDOL also provides you an opportunity to retrain themselves to help build capacity in them to face new challenges. The retraining program allows you to go back to college again and reorient themselves. Some of the retaining programs are – Georgia’s HOPE Program,  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

    All these programs provide scholarships and grants if you want to go to school to learn and improve your skill sets. Contact the Career Centers to know more about the eligibility and requirements.

    Know more job training opportunities in GA

    Georgia Office Locations and Phone Numbers

    Visit Career Centers to find answers to all your questions related to unemployment insurance. Locate the closest,Career Center near to you. Also, find below some of the important phone numbers of GDOL you may need during your benefit period.

    GA Unemployment Office Phone Numbers

    Unemployment Insurance (UI) (404) 232-3180/1-866.598-4164 (IVRS)
    Appeals to the Board of Review (404) 232-3325
    Appeals to Hearing Officers (404) 232-3900
    Electronic Wage Reporting (404) 232-3265
    Employer Claim Charges (404) 232-3030
    Employer Tax Liability (404) 232-3301
    Employer Tax Rates (404) 232-3300
    Employer Tax Reports/Filing (404) 232-3220
    General Tax Information (404) 232-3320
    Interstate Claims (404) 232-3090
    New Employer Accounts (404) 232-3301
    Partial Claims Filing for Employers (404) 232-3050
    UI Policies and Procedures (404) 232-3180
    Employment Programs/Services (404) 232-3515
    Labor Market Information (404) 232-3875
    Personnel Services for GDOL Staff (404) 232-3620/1-800-255-0056 (TTY)

    Locate your nearest unemployment office

    Frequently Asked Question

    Q. How do I get my Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
    You can select a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when you first submit your initial unemployment application - online or by telephone. You will have to use the same PIN throughout your claim.
    You will need it whenever you access the Online Claim System and to claim weekly benefits whether online or by telephone. If you forget it, you will be asked to reset the PIN. Make note that you are responsible for the security of your PIN, so do not share it with anyone whatsoever.
    Q. How do I get my Claimant Identification Number (CID)?
    Your Claimant Identification Number (CID) is a number assigned to you at the time you submitted the application for UI benefits in Oregon. You will need to use it on the documents sent to you by the concerned department as a way to safeguard your claim and Social Security number from identity theft.
    Your CID will be asked when you intend to change your address or apply for direct deposit through the Online Claim System. The labor department will not give out your CID, even to you if you call, so please keep a record of it.
    Q. What is a Waiting Week?
    The Waiting Week is the first week on your claim in which you meet all eligibility requirements. You do not receive payment for your waiting week. Every unemployment account must have a Waiting Week before the unemployment department can start making benefit payments.
    Q. Does retirement pay affect my benefits?
    Retirement pay could reduce your benefits, make you ineligible, or have no effect at all. If you are not eligible for periodic payments, it has no effect. If an employer for whom you worked during the base year of your claim either contributed to the retirement fund or maintained it, then your retirement pay is deducted dollar for dollar.
    Q. What is the procedure to start or stop tax withholding?
    Applicants can choose to have state or federal taxes, both, or neither withheld from the amount they receive. They can change their withholding after filing for the claim. Tax regulations, however, require changes to tax withholding be made in writing.
    Complete an Authorization for Tax Withholding, Form 1040WH, and mail your request to the Employment Department at PO Box 14135, Salem, OR 97309 or fax it to (503)-947-1335. Be sure to include your name and either Social Security number or customer ID number (CID).
    Q. Can the Department reduce the benefits for child support payments?
    The department can reduce the benefits for child support payments. In the event, you owe child support payments and there is a court order requiring deductions, a percentage is deducted from your benefits each week. The deductions continue until the court notifies us to stop.
    Q. How is my weekly benefit amount calculated?
    Your weekly benefit amount is 1.25% of the total base year gross earnings. The state of Oregon mandates that it will not be less than the minimum or more than the maximum amounts you can receive.
    Q. How long do benefits last?
    Your benefit year is a 52 week period that begins the first week you file. You may receive total benefits up to 26 times your weekly benefit amount. You can’t file a new Oregon claim until your benefit year is up, even if you’ve received all of your benefits.
    Q. Will I be eligible for UI benefits if I started my own business?
    Running your own business will stand as a direct contradiction to the condition that you must be available for work. You must report any self-employment activities to the UI Center, even if you don’t have earnings from it. Failure to report such details to the department will result in overpayment and penalties.

    Questions & Answers

    1. I applied early February for my Georgia UI and have been making my weekly claims. My UI status says “your eligibility is pending a determination.”
      It’s been that way for about two months now. How much longer will it take?!?
      I call, no one answers. I leave a voicemail and never get a call back. I send emails and never get a reply. Can you help?

      1. Thomas,

        We understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the pendency. Please continue following up regularly.

      2. gdol asked me to change my pin and validate my payment method.i did and have not got a payment in 5 weeks,what do i do next?i cant get any answers!

        1. Regina,

          I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

    2. I received my unemployment determination letter in the mail of approval. I then received my back pay. After receiving these the following week I did not receive any payment and the system still says the old expired dates in the my UI portal it’s not updated. It’s giving me an error messaging saying still waiting a determination. Why if I’ve already received my approval letter, and back pay? I’ve called multiple times left messages and even emailed. I know they’re backed up but it’s very frustrating when you have bills to pay.

      1. Felecia,

        The office seems to be severely understaffed. Please wait. Guessing someone has to sign off your payments.

        1. Hi Jeff,
          I was receiving unemployment and stopped on March 2021, 3 weeks ago I received a notice about an extension because ARPA, it doesn’t really tells me if I qualify or not, I haven’t received any payments since March, I am claiming every week just incase. Please advice.
          Thank you!

          1. Yarida,

            Have you formally applied for compensation by filling out the paperwork? I suggest you speak to a member of the Claims Center for clarification.

          2. Sorry Jeff, but what do you mean by contacting the claim center? right now you can’t reach any body, I have even send emails not answer. Do you have a phone number for the claim center?
            Thank you

          3. Yarida,

            You will find the phone numbers on the website. Also, consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    3. My end date in ga ended so I did reapply and got email confirmation,I got a determination letter with the amount and for how long,I have always called in to make my weekly claim even during the application process,I’m still receiving the same amount I was getting before reapplying my determination letter says should be getting more than previously.when would new amount start to show,are they waiting till after the appeals date before depositing (I am not appealing).March 29 is when says new claim started,determination letter mailed April 16 appeals date ends may 2

      1. James,

        I can understand your situation. Please wait for a few days for the authorities to change the system in line with the amendment.

    4. I need some help I just received a letter from the claims examiner. How does and approval letter look or say

        1. Sam. You seem to be very knowledgeable. I have a question regarding my claim. I have tried multiple times to get someone on the phone and have emailed several times as well, without any responses. I recieve the 1st letter from the ga dol and it listed my possible claim amount. Then in February 2021 I received another letter stating benefits were allowed.. I have been claiming each week as I am supposed to be doing. Here we are in April and I have yet to receive my 1st payment. Any tips?

          1. Jessica,

            I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

          2. How long did it take u to get your second letter?? cause I got my first one waiting on my second

        2. I reapplied for ui got an email stating that my claim has been processed and then when I checked my ui portal it says that money has been deposited in my account 3 times no money in my account I don’t understand

        3. My extended benefits ran out on April 3. 2021. Unemployment stopped. Why wasn’t I extended inder the new care act to receive the $300 until September?

    5. My dad applied for unemployment in September and he finally received a determination letter telling him what he would get each week but he has. Not received anything so far. Why Georgia!?

    6. I have move but working from the same company but being furlough. How do I transfer my unemployment benefit from Georgia to Texas?

    7. My bank rejected my direct deposit due to an error in my name how do I get that money redirected to my debit card provided by the department of labor? I have called and called and called and emailed and emailed an emailed with no avail, can someone please shed some light on this situation?

    8. I recieved benefits for The first 2 weeks in July but have not received any since then. I Don’t understand why it stopped. I haven’t recieved a letter or email. I cannot get in touch with anyone in claims. It’s been a month already, What do I do next?

      1. It’s going by your BYE (benefits year end date). You will not receive any payment after that week and no a letter will not be sent. You will have to apply all over and wait out the process. Hope this helps.

    9. I received a letter in the mail stating that a prepaid card was issued for my UI pay on 7/10. To date, I have not received. Been trying to call, but just like everyone else, it keeps ringing busy. In one place it say I have money on a prepaid card and another place it states that it was directly deposited. I have received neither. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

      1. Michelle,

        There will be a delay considering the number of pending applications. Please follow up until payments normalize.

    10. In the state of Georgia, a UI Claimant had 3 full-time jobs all with insured wages at the same time, during the base period indicated on the Initial Benefit Determination letter.

      Do all 3 base period employers receive a “Notice of Claim Filing and Request for Separation Information”?
      Are all 3 former employers liable (charges split by each employer) for charges for any benefits paid to the UI Claimant?
      Although there is only 1 official separating employer, the claim filed accounts for “All employers worked for in the past 18 months”

      The most recent employer (Company A) was the separating employer of the UI Claimant. Claimant laid off in Qtr 4 in 12/2019.
      The UI Claimant resigned from their former employers (base period employers) in 2019:
      -Company B: Resigned in Qtr 1.
      -Company C: Resigned in Qtr 2.

    11. I was fired for “unable to achieve level of performance required for position” will I be approved to draw unemployment? I have filed at GaDOL and have been waiting 4 weeks now to determine if it is even approved.

      1. Tina,

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

    12. I was work at Walmart I was on leave in April doctor release me in May. I went to get put back on the schedule but they never did so would I be eligible for unemployment. I work two weeks in three months.

      1. Arterrius,

        UI benefits are only offered to claimants who lose their employment due to involuntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

    13. I have been waiting for a decision for 5 weeks now and when i try to certify for this past week it says my pin is suspended and when i call the system says cannot access with this social security number.. why is it denied? I had deaths back to back and needed more time to grieve they only gave three days and i was within my 90 days so not eligible for fmla this was not voluntary this was a loint out situation

      1. Johnson,

        I can understand your frustration. It must be a difficult time for you. Please call the Claims Center to discuss the reason for “suspension”. This is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim file.

      2. I filed for unemployment in June. I received my determination letter this week. When should I get Direct deposit? Additionally will I receive the federal cares benefits as back pay? Like thousands others I can’t reach a live person at the offices.

        1. Willie,

          There will an intermittent delay owing to the number of pending UI applications. Please check at regular intervals until payments normalise.

    14. I was recently laid off. I had little to no advance notice about my position in my job of 2+ years being dissolved. I was given a small severance pay. Am I still able to apply for unemployment?

      1. If I am paid a lump sum for 12 weeks severance how does this affect my unemployment? Will I receive full benefits the week following my lump sum or will i receive full benefits after the 12 week period is over?

    15. I have been receiving benefits for the past three weeks, when I filed today and checked the status, there was a message stating that my weekly claim was not processed and to contact the office. Why would this happen?

        1. I applied for pua july 31st and put in my weekly claim every week my claim has been processed I have direct deposit where is my money

          1. Teresa,

            There will be a delay owing to the number of pending applications. Please follow up with the office regularly until payments normalise.

    16. I applied for unemployment late June 2017, and I went and signed my affidavit on the 12th of July. Since then I have yet to receive an decision letter on whether I’m getting unemployment or not. Do anybody know what’s going on? Did I get denied? If I did get denied wouldn’t they stop letting me claim my benefits?

      1. Kierra,

        Please make sure to chase the authorities at regular intervals. Please call the Claims Center for an update.

    17. I was hospitalized due to some emotional issues. I was released for work on July 15, 2017 however my job would not let me come back. I was told the job was too stressful twice. Then my supervisor called me and told me I could come back on August 3, 2017. Then again I was called by another lady and told I could not come back. I have received my benefits determination but not the final decision. They won’t let me come back but I want to work.

      1. Mary,

        This can be considered voluntary on your part. Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute. You have the option of filing an appeal.

    18. If the company I work for transitions all employees to an agency and then the agency lays people off, will the people laid off be able to collect unemployment? Will the old company salary apply?

      1. Good question. If your agency paid Unemployment Taxes, then, you should be able to collect.

        I suggest you check with the employer.

    19. Good day to all.
      I would like to know how can I get a letter from DOL or Unemployment Office that I am not receiving any benefits?
      I am not applying for benefits, but I just need a letter to prove that I am not receiving any.
      Please advice.
      Thank you.

    20. I received an award letter at the lst if April that stated I will not be getting any benefits. So I only claimed the 1st week. Now just to day I got a 2nd letter in the mail that stated I will/should be getting benefits. I have not claimed anything since the 1st letter. Now I was told I have to reapply. Is it possible to just start claiming now and not reapply? And why would they send a letter now if I need to reapply?

    21. If my son was recently diagnosed with an illness which requires me to be home with him at night but i work nights and i ask my employer for an morning shift position but none is available but i dont wanna resign but i have to be home with my son do i qualify for UI if i am actively seeking an a.m job?

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

      2. Well @Martin….dont you think leaving your job because your child was diagnosed with an illness that was beyond his and your control is involuntary? So i have to choose between his health and living on the streets? Sounds like a set up to me. I think since the employer cant provide an shift to fit the schedule of their employee who son became extremely ill out of her control and she have to involuntarily stop working the least that employer can do is provide some type of unemployment to the employee….besides its not the state money its the employer……

        1. Jasmine,

          I can understand your concern. Unfortunately, the system is designed in this way. They only provide compensation to claimants who lose their job due to involuntary reasons such as being laid off.

          Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to check if they can offer any help in this regard.

    22. If the company I have work for since Dec 2014 closes down, am I eligible for unemployment benefits? How long would I receive benefits for?
      (This might happen since the owner has always said that he only has the company still open because his 85yr old mother wanted to still work full time – but now her husband past away recently and are not sure if she will stay working and owner is semi-retired – only in once or twice a month) Not sure if I should just start looking for other jobs or wait it out.

      1. You can be eligible to receive unemployment compensation as long as the reason for job separation is involuntary.

        Depending on your eligibility, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment compensation.

    23. May 7, 2015 I had back surgery and on June 26, 2015 I was scheduled to get released from the surgeon. I went for x rays but the appointment with the doctor was cancelled due to the passing of his mother. The medical practice was closed for 30 days and I then was given a new appointment and optained my work release. Prior to this the operation manager and salesman came to my house to visit me. I have worked for this company 19 years running quick books, answering calls, payroll, accounts receivable and payables. I was informed my job during my absence was giving to the lady that replaced me while I was off for the surgery. Now they are offering me a part time temporary job at a reduced salary. If I turned down this would I be able to draw unemployment. My work release said I can return to work with no restrictions as I was told they required this before I could return but in the mean time they had already stripped me of my position with no fault of mine.

      1. If you quit voluntarily, you will not qualify to receive unemployment benefits. However, you can apply for the lost(hours reduced) hours.

    24. If you take retirement/severance pay for 5 months because of labor reduction can you draw unemployment after the 5 months?

    25. I relocated from Ga to Mo for my job. My wife moved with me and obviously left her old job under good terms (gave proper notice). She was denied unemployment. Is this correct and can it be appealed?

      1. If the reason for leaving the last job was voluntary since you moved out of MO,it may be justified.

    26. I am 75 years old. A manager. 2012 I fell and broke a bone in my neck/back. I had an operation and received a settlement. The pain has subsided mostly, but at times I have pain in the area. My company has no pension/retirement plan I was told they would never lay me off. Am I eligible for unemployment?

    27. I received a determination letter dated 1/17/14, benefits approved to begin on 1/15/14. However for the last 3 weeks the status reads “not paid contact career center” I did…with reply expect payment in 48 hours. Which has come & gone with no payment still!! On 2/1/14 status read “claim processed…” expecting to be paid at least for that week today, only to check status & its changed back to “not paid….” WHY??? According to local center and atlanta I should have already received at least my first check & was told to expect all paid today???? What is going on???.

      1. Please note that we are not a govt. website and do not have access to individual claims.You must follow up with the claims center of the labor department in GA on status.

    28. I have been filing my unemployment online and doing my weekly searches. This week when I tried to claim my weekly benefits. it say I can only inquire not claim. I call the number it said I have 10 weeks left on my regular claim. what does this mean?

      1. We are not the unemployment office and therefore I can not tell you exactly what is up. Please contact your local office. Perhaps they just need more information from you.

    29. My unemployment was approved, my former employer appealed and I won. The day before the hearing my pin was suspended. I thought no problem. They are gonna wait for the results. But I couldn’t upload my job search for the previous week or the current week. Does pin suspended mean something else? Is it normal to get suspended right before an appeal date? Will I be able to log in Sunday? People online say pin suspended means your claim is done, finished you have to reapply ?? Is this true??

      1. We are not the unemployment office and therefore do not have knowledge of exactly what is happening. Contact your local unemployment office for precise information.

    30. It has been 2 months since I applied for unemployment. I went to the career center and signed my affavidavit and filled out my tax papers, and gave them a copy of my seperation letter. I got my approval letter june 19 and still haven’t received benefits and now my pin is suspended. I called the career center and they are saying I didn’t fill out my affavidavit. I told her that yes I have. Now they are saying it is because my claim hasn’t been processed. So I need to know what to do from here to get my money?

    31. I am up for a part time job that pays 7.25 an hour with a 25 hour work week. If I get the job will my UI benefits end?

      1. Hi Eric,

        If you are receiving UI benefits now, you will have to mention about the part time earnings during your weekly claims procedure. You may receive less weekly benefit amount.

    32. Hi,
      I worked in 2012, drawing income only in Q3 (144.00) and Q4(9623,00). I received a determination that I will not get any unemployment, based on the requirement factor, but the bottom of the letter says that if I earned income from 1/1/2013 to 3/31/13 I am to report to the GDOL for further assistance.

      1.Does this mean I may be able to qualify for assistance in the form of EUC?

      I did receive a letter, prior to me picking up work in Q3, 2012 for additional EUC which I did not take, that I was told was available.

      Please help,

    33. I am 21 yrs. old. I went to work Dec. 12 2012 just got laid off today June 5 2013. I was wondering if I am eligible for unemployment benefits?

      1. Hi Josh,

        You are mostly eligible to receive unemployment benefits as you were laid off. But, please check if you meet all the requirements to qualify for unemployment compensation in the state of Georgia.
        1. You are required to have earned “Insured” wages in at least two quarters of the base period. Insured wages is when you received it from an employer who has paid employment taxes.
        2. “Insured” wages totaling at least $1,134 in the two highest quarters of your base period.
        3. Total base period wages of at least one and one-half times the amount of money you were paid in the highest quarter. If you cannot qualify for this, then there is an alternate calculation made.
        4. You must be able and available to work and must look for a suitable job while collecting benefits.

        Please check for other requirements before proceeding to apply. Since you have worked for a short time, you may receive benefits for a short time as well.

    34. My company sent me a separation letter dated 5/30. It does not state I was terminated or fired..and my manager did not verbally tell me I was fired/terminated. (I had been out on vacation) But before I received the separation letter, I emailed my resignation – on 6/1. This position was not full time – but I worked an average of 30 hrs/week.

      Am I eligible for unemployment ?

      1. Hi Dena,

        The reason for job separation is a necessity to determine your eligibility.
        If you were laid off, since you have worked only 30 hours a week, please check if you qualify for the monetary requirements. This includes if you have earned a minimum amount to qualify for unemployment compensation. You should have earned at least $1,134 in the two highest quarters of your base period. Also, you must have earned total base period wages of at least one and one-half times the amount of money you were paid in the highest quarter.

        If you were fired, you might qualify if you were fired without work-related misconduct.

        When you apply for unemployment compensation, the unemployment office contacts your employer to check on the details provided by you, and your employer will be forced to provide the reason for your dismissal.

    35. If I put in my two weeks notice and then I was fired the next day, am I eligible for unemployment?

    36. I am still employed with a company in GA but have recived no hours in the last month and it doesnt look like I will be working for a while. can i still qualify for befifits?

    37. I elected to take early retirement 0n December 2011. Do i qualify for unemployment benefits

    38. my unemployment check stopped in the middle of August 2012. I was layed off in June of last year . I received a letter saying that my third tear had run out. I am still in college is there a fourth tear that you can apply for

    39. I am working for a university in Atlanta. My work hours have been reduced to 12 per week. Prior to that, I was working about 20. I filed my initial claim, and after about of 2 months of waiting and hoping, I was told that I was denied. I spent all afternoon at the Dept of Labor and no could really explain to me why. Would I qualify if I work just 12 hours a week. The university cut hours for everyone. Please respond. Thanks.

    40. I was asked to step up in the company with $3.00 raise, no weekends, no holidays and 8 to 5 hours. I worked in the position for one month and was told they decided they did not need me full time but only two days a week (12 hrs). I would like to know if I qualify for unemployment for the hours they took away from me. They did offer me hours if available in he position I came from but it would be $3.00 less and this schedule I have no hours on the schedule. I live in GA and I know this area is hard hit so that is why I am still there until I can see where my legal stand is.

    41. The unemployment extension benefits vary based on the state unemployment rate. Check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits in your state and when and how benefits will be paid.

    42. My UI claim began in feb 2013 and soon to run out. What are the qualifications to receive extended benefits?


    43. I’m trying to figure out if I qualify for unemployment benefits. I was laid off March 2011 after being with a company for 10+ years. I got severance so I could not get unemployment benefits until the end of August of 2011. I took a contract job December 5, 2011. I am still in that contract job but I believe the work will be done the end of this month(April). Would I qualify for benefits in respect to the base period ? It’s a bit confusing to me because I was on severace I think during my base period.

      Thanks so much.

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