What Georgia Residents Need to Know About Unemployment Benefits
Have you recently lost your job? If so, you may qualify for unemployment benefits: money paid by the state to those who are temporarily out of work.
This site provides clear, accurate information on collecting unemployment benefits in Georgia, including:
- whether you are eligible for benefits
- how to apply for benefits
- how much you'll get (and how long your benefits will last)
- what you'll have to do to keep collecting benefits, and
- what to do if your application is denied.
Here are three things to keep in mind as you get started:
1. You may be eligible for benefits even if you quit or were fired for cause.
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.
2. Eligibility, 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.
3. You can apply for benefits online at the Georgia Department of Labor.
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, quickly and easily. The sooner you file, the sooner you'll begin receiving your benefits.
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