If you're out of work, you can apply for unemployment insurance either online or at a Georgia Department of Labor Career Center.
What You Should Know:
- Online applications require you to have an email address in order to receive correspondence for the Georgia Department of Labor.
- If you apply online, please make sure you complete the application and receive your confirmation number, to keep for your records.
- Once you file your claim, you will be required to complete an Applicant Status Affidavit. Instructions will be emailed to you after your claim is processed.
- Be sure to watch your mail and email for correspondence regarding reporting to your local career center.
- After your claim is entered, you should begin claiming your benefits weekly, as instructed in the application process and the claimant handbook.
- A few days after filing your claim, you will receive a monetary determination by mail explaining the amounts of your claim, wages used to establish your claim and the duration of your benefits.
- A determination will be mailed to you within 21 days advising of your eligibility to receive benefits based on the reason for separation.
- Individuals receiving unemployment benefits must make at least three (3) new, verifiable job contacts each week, which must be reported to the Georgia Department of Labor.
What do I have to do to keep receiving benefits?
You must meet all eligibility requirements, claim benefits weekly, and make at least three (3) new, verifiable job contacts every week. These job contacts must be reported to the Georgia Department of Labor weekly.
How long can I receive benefits?
The potential maximum number of benefit weeks you may receive is determined by the date the claim is filed, the wages used to establish the claim and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate.
To see a table for benefit durations or other FAQs, select Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals on the Georgia Department of Labor’s website.
Are benefits taxable?
Yes. When you file your claim, you can choose to have state and federal taxes withheld from your benefit payments. At the end of the calendar year, the Georgia Department of Labor will send you a 1099-G form showing how much money you received in benefits and how much money you put aside to pay taxes.
Source: Georgia Department of Labor. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.