Filling an Unemployment Claim - Georgia

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You must be totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

You can apply online or in-person at an Georgia Department of Labor career center.

Your weekly benefit amount will be based on the amount of wages you earned in your base period. Currently, the minimum weekly benefit amount is $55, and the maximum weekly benefit amount is $365.

The length of time that you will receive benefits is based on how much you made during the base period, the date the claim is filed, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate. The maximum number of benefit weeks will not be more than 20.

You must continue to file weekly. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities (a form to help you do so can be found in the Claimant Handbook). To be actively seeking work, you must contact employers as instructed each week you file for benefits. You must register for work with the Georgia Department of Labor’s Employment Service, if so instructed. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

You must appeal within 15 calendar days from the date the decision was mailed to you. Your appeal must be in writing,and it may be submitted online, by mail, by fax, or in person to a Georgia Department of Labor Career Center. Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

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Madeline Messa

Madeline Messa is a 3L at Syracuse University College of Law. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. With her legal research and writing for Workplace Fairness, she strives to equip people with the information they need to be their own best advocate.