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The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program was created to help individuals financially while they find a job.
In order to be eligible to receive UI benefits, individuals must comply with several requirements.
You may apply for benefits if:
You are totally separated from your job.
You still have a job, however, your employer has reduced your hours of work.
You have lost your regular full-time job, but are still working a part-time or temporary job where you earn less than your weekly benefit amount.
You are working part-time or reduced hours while receiving UI and a total separation has happened.
You must also meet these conditions:
- Earn sufficient insured wages
- Provide proof of lawful presence in the United States
- Be able, available, and actively searching for work
- Be out of work due to no fault of your own
You can apply for UI benefits online or in person.
To apply online, visit: http://dol.state.ga.us/.
To apply in person, go to a Career Center.
To find a Career Center near you, visit: http://dol.state.ga.us/.
Gather all necessary documents and information to file your UI claim. These include:
Social Security number
Valid government-issued picture identification
Employer-issued separation notice or letter (if available)
Names, addresses, and dates of employment of all employers for the last 18 months
Alien number and expiration date for non-citizens
SF-50 or SF-8 form and paystubs for federal employment in the last two years
Personal banking account and routing number for direct deposit
Once you apply for UI benefits, you must claim your benefits every week you wish to receive benefit payments. You must also remain eligible and meet specific conditions as requested.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is a federal extension given to individuals who have exhausted all regular Georgia reemployment assistance benefits.
Extended Benefits (EB) is a federal program that pays additional unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment.
Both EUC and EB are currently not available under federal law in Georgia.
If you have any questions regarding a current claim, contact the Unemployment Insurance Customer Service at 877-709-8185.
If you worked in Georgia and now reside in another state, you may be eligible to collect Georgia unemployment benefits. You must follow Georgia’s laws and rules when filing your claim.
You must submit an Applicant Status Affidavit. This document is used to prove your legal presence in the U.S. If you are out of state, you can find the form online and print it.
To access the form, visit the GDOL website, select “Forms and Publications,” click on UI Benefits and print the Applicant Status Affidavit form.
You must notarize form and mail it with a copy of valid government-issued picture identification to the Interstate Unit.
For the form, visit: http://dol.state.ga.us/.
Mail form to:
Georgia Department of Labor
Interstate Claims Unit
P. O. Box 3433
Atlanta, GA 30302-3433
The affidavit must be received within 10 days from the date you filed your claim.
If You Are Fired, Laid off or If You Quit
You must report if you are fired, quit your job or refuse work to the Georgia Department of Labor, so a determination of eligibility for UI benefits can be made.
When you file a claim, your employer will be mailed a “Notice of Filing” to verify the reason you have stated as to why you are no longer working. The Department will have the final say regarding your eligibility for benefits.
There is no penalty or reduction in Unemployment Insurance benefits if you are laid off.
- Georgia Unemployment Resources
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