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February 11, 2016
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Sometimes, things happen. Life doesn’t always go the way we planned. Jobs can come and go for a variety of reasons. When you’re down on your luck, without a job and looking for a little boost to help you get to your next job, try checking in with the Georgia Department of Labor (DOL).

DOL provides a variety of resources to help you get back on your feet. For example, they can help you find a new job in Georgia. They also give great tips on how to create and maintain a budget and how to manage your credit. Last, but not least, DOL also helps administer unemployment benefits.

As you’re searching for a new job, Unemployment Insurance (UI) can help give you that extra boost if you became unemployed in Georgia through no fault of your own. Funding for UI comes from the taxes paid by Georgia employers (not employees). To get UI, you have to prove that you are actively searching for a job. So make sure you keep a detailed record of the searches you do and applications you submit.

You can either file in person at a DOL career center or online. To file online, you need a valid e-mail address. Make sure you’re using a personal e-mail account because your private information will need to be transmitted through this.

If you’re filing as an individual make sure you have a copy of your ID (Georgia driver’s license, etc.), your personal bank account's routing number for direct deposit and your work history for the past 2 years. If you have an employer separation notice, be sure to include that too. At the end, you’ll be required to sign an affidavit stating that you are a legal citizen or a legal non-citizen.

No one can predict the future. Sometimes the cards don’t fall in our favor. Luckily, there are resources out there to help us get back on our feet. Make sure you do your research and remember that the State of Georgia is here to help! Feel free to reach out to DOL directly.

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About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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