Trenton, GA Unemploy­ment Law

Trenton, Georgia 30752

What You Need to Know About Unemployment Benefits in Georgia

This site provides clear, accurate information on collecting unemployment benefits in Georgia, including:


Here are three key things to keep in mind as you get started:

1. You can apply for benefits -- and find helpful resources -- at the Georgia Department of Labor website.

Before you file for unemployment, you may want to learn more by reading our articles on benefit amounts, who qualifies for benefits, and so on.

Once you're ready to file, you can do it online.

Find detailed information and resources at the Georgia Department of Labor website, including:


2. Eligibility rules, benefit amounts, and duration differ from state to state.

Unemployment insurance works pretty much the same everywhere: Employers pay into a fund or purchase insurance, then former employees receive benefits when they lose their jobs. But the rules about who qualifies for unemployment, how long unemployment lasts, and especially how much you will receive in benefits vary a lot from state to state. 

Our site covers every state and the District of Columbia; this page gives you information specific to Georgia. 

  • In Georgia, the base period is the first four of the five complete calendar quarters immediately before you filed for benefits. For example, if you file for benefits on March 15, 2024, your base period will be from October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023. It would not include the most recent complete calendar quarter before you filed (October 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023) or the first two-and-a-half months of 2024.

  • If you did not earn enough to qualify for benefits during the regular base period, you may be able to use an alternate base period that counts more recent earnings. In Georgia, the alternate base period is the last four complete calendar quarters before you file your claim. 

  • For more, see:

3. You may be eligible for benefits even if you quit, you were fired for cause, or you are still working part-time.

Some people mistakenly believe that unemployment is available only to employees who are laid off. However, you don't have to lose your job in a layoff to qualify for benefits. The key question is whether you are out of work without fault on your part. So, if you were forced to quit your job in lieu of being fired, or you were fired because you don't have the necessary skills for your job, you could still be eligible for benefits.