How do I file a claim for unemployment insurance in Georgia?

How do I file a claim for unemployment insurance in Georgia?

Unemployment claims can be filed in person at any Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) career center or by Internet from any computer with appropriate Internet access.To file an unemployment claim via the Internet, you must have a valid email address. This email account should be your personal email address because private and confidential information about your claim will be sent to this email address.

Why has the maximum number of potential unemployment weeks in Georgia been changed?

The Georgia Legislature passed House Bill 347 which changes the calculation method to determine the maximum number of weeks to be based upon the adjusted statewide unemployment rate in use at the time the regular UI claim is filed. The change became effective July 1, 2012.

Can I draw unemployment benefits in Georgia if I was fired?

If you were fired from your job, you will not be able to draw benefits if your former employer can show that you were fired for failure to follow rules, orders, or instructions, or for misconduct on the job. The only way to know for sure whether you are eligible if you are fired is to file a claim. The department cannot make a predetermination of eligibility before a claim is filed.

How do I claim unemployment benefits in Georgia each week after I file?

Once you file your claim, you will be required to certify your eligibility for each week you claim benefits and submit your work search for each week of benefits claimed. You may claim benefits using the telephone interactive voice response system, over the Internet, or in person at a GDOL Career Center.

How do workers’ compensation payments affect my claim for unemployment benefits in Georgia?

If you are receiving Temporary Total or Temporary Partial Workers’ Compensation payments, you are not eligible for unemployment insurance in Georgia. The only way to know for sure is to file a claim.

What happens if I am being paid unemployment benefits and I lose the appeal in Georgia?

If the Appeals Tribunal or the Board of Review reverses a determination that allowed benefits, you will be required to repay any benefits received.

How do I file an unemployment benefits appeal with the Board of Review in Georgia?

The appeal must be in writing and it should be sent directly to the Board of Review (the address is on the decision received from the Appeals Tribunal). If your appeal is sent to the career center, or appealed in person at the career center, processing will be delayed until it can be forwarded.

Are unemployment benefits taxable in Georgia?

See full answerYes. Any unemployment insurance benefits you receive are fully taxable income if you are required to file a tax return. At the time you file your claim, you may elect to have the department withhold state and/or federal tax on the benefits you receive. You may change this withholding election one time during the year. The department will send you a 1099-G form at the end of the calendar year showing how much in benefits you received during the previous year. It also shows the amount of taxes, if any, that were withheld. You should use this form when you file your income taxes to report benefits received and any taxes withheld by the department. Questions about filing should be directed to the IRS, to the State Department of Revenue, or to a tax consultant.

Can I appeal the Board of Review’s decision on my unemployment benefits in Georgia?

The Board’s decision may be appealed to the Superior Court of the county in which the work was performed. A petition for review must be filed with the court. The department does not file these appeals. If the work on which the claim was based was performed out of state, the appeal of the decision of the Board of Review must be filed in Fulton County Superior Court.

What if I disagree with the decision of the hearing officer for unemployment benefits in Georgia?

You may appeal to the Board of Review. The Board is a three-member panel appointed by the Governor. The Board reviews the entire record of the hearing held by the administrative hearing officer and all other relevant materials. The Board does not hold in-person hearings and does not take new evidence or testimony. The Board reviews the case and either affirms, modifies, or reverses the decision of the hearing officer. The Board’s written decision is mailed to all interested parties.

How much do you receive on Georgia unemployment?


  • Alternate Weekly Benefit Calculation.
  • Situations Affecting Benefit Payments.
  • Continuing Eligibility.
  • What is the maximum unemployment benefit amount in Georgia?

    The maximum unemployment benefits for the state of Georgia is $320 per week. Time limit is 20 weeks or $1500 per quarter.

    How do you collect unemployment in Georgia?

    To collect unemployment, Georgia requires that you register for work with the state employment service, engage in an active search for work and keep a record of your job search contacts. If the state employment service refers you to a job, you must apply for it or risk losing unemployment benefits.

    What documents do I need to file for unemployment in Georgia?

    The Georgia Department of Labor requires your Social Security number to file for unemployment. You’ll also need valid government-issued photo identification.