File A Claim
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program provides temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are either looking for another job, have a definite recall to their jobs within 6 weeks of the last day worked, or are in approved training. The funding for unemployment insurance benefits comes from taxes paid by employers. Workers do not pay any costs. Eligibility for benefits is determined based on past wages, reason for job separation, and availability and job search requirements. Claims are effective on the date they are filed and are not retroactive to the last day worked.
Georgia 2012 House Bill 347 amended Code Section 34-8-193 of Georgia Employment Security Law to create an adjustable number of maximum weeks of regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) eligibility to range from 14 to 20 weeks based upon a designated average statewide unemployment rate. The maximum number of weeks will change twice each calendar year dependent upon the average statewide unemployment rate published for April and October.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is currently not available under federal law. State Extended Benefits (SEB) is currently not available under state or federal law.
Unemployment Benefit Payments
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 Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, over the Internet, or in person at a GDOL Career Center.
Payments are made by either direct deposit or debit card. The preferred method is direct deposit into your personal checking or savings account. If you do not enroll in direct deposit, payments will be deposited to your Georgia UI Way2Go Debit MasterCard® which works likes a standard debit card.
Direct Deposit of Weekly UI Benefits
Enroll in, change, or cancel direct deposit of unemployment insurance benefits into a checking or savings account. A PIN is required.
Weekly Work Search
If you receive unemployment insurance benefits of any type, you are required to make a good faith effort to find another job as soon as possible. You can only be paid for weeks during which you actively seek work. Unless the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) specifically exempts you under our law from this requirement, you are required to keep a detailed record of your work search activities and submit evidence of your efforts by Internet or fax.
Other UI Services
View or Update Your Income Tax Withholding Options
Make or update your Income Tax Withholding election.
IRS Form 1099-G for UI Payments
Access your 1099-G. A PIN is required. Unemployment compensation is taxable income and must be reported yearly even if benefits received have been repaid.
Repayment of Overpaid Benefits
Make electronic payments online to repay overpayment debts.
Report UI Fraud
Report suspected cases of unemployment benefit fraud, identity theft, job refusals and failed pre-employment drug screening tests.
Change of Address and Contact Information
Add, update, or change your address, telephone number, and email address information. Your SSN and PIN are required.