Georgia Unemployment Eligibility

In order to establish unemployment eligibility in Georgia you have to:

1. Be a resident of Georgia. If you are not a resident of Georgia, but worked in Georgia at your last job, you should still have Georgia unemployment eligibility.
2. Have worked and earned income in Georgia.
3. You must not be disabled.
4. You must be able to work.
5. You must be actively looking for a new job.
6. You must have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you quit your job or were fired for 'just cause' you may not be eligible to collect unemployment in Georgia. Every case is different, so if you lost your job -- be sure to apply to unemployment in case you are indeed eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

There are special rules that apply to unemployment elibility for military personnel and union workers, so check with your mility or union representative for these rules.

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# John 2011-02-17 13:58
I was injured on the job in Oct. 2009, on worker's comp until Feb. 2011. I was given a layoff by the company. I am wondering if I am now eligible for unemployment in Georgia. I was told I didn't have enough quarters to receive unemployment. But, I did find online that some other states have an Alternative Base Period for people in my situation where the quarters are pushed back. I am requesting the information because the call center operators don't know all the laws. I am able and available to work now. Please send a link to this law, one way or the other.

I have called on several occasions and no one knows the answer.

Thank you for your prompt reply.
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# addie 2011-05-15 07:16
My husband retired from the navy less than a year ago and has returned to his hometown of GA. I worked in VA and had to quit my job due to his move. Am I able to recieve any benifits. I been at my job for 17 yrs.
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# Army 2012-12-29 18:24
Why did he retire and and move to Ga when you had a 17yr career in VA?
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# Richard 2011-06-30 19:43
I work in hostile environment. My boss curses at me and others while on the job. numerous times he has "called me out" in meetings amongst the whole plant. I gave him a 2 week notice that my son had a doctors appt and I had to take him to the appt and my boss ok'd it, never even asked for a doctors excuse. Mind you, i live in GA and the appt was in ALA. The day after, I came to work and what do you know he asked for an exscuse. I could not provide one due to the fact my son went to a mental rehabilitation for mental exams and they will not release info on who was there, let alone the reason they were there. The boss wrote me up as unexcused although he had previously ok'd it. Others on the job have stayed out to take their grandkids to doc appts and NEVER had to present an exscuse. He makes snide remarks about people trying to get him fired and it just aint gonna happen, looking directly at me. I have been sick to my stomach and have since went to the doc for my nerves. The doctor placed me out of work for a week and placed me on an anti depressant and nerve pill. My doctor said beings how he treats the white people like this but excuses any African american without question and talks to them with reason and slanders the "white" people that work for him doc said it is a hostile work environment and racial discrimination. However, I am trying to find a job in the meantime. I have went to the human resources with this on a few occasions and also asked that they transferred me from his department, yet they refuse to do so. I have also given the human resource people incident reports in word for word writing of the cursing and slandering not only my name but the other "whites" that work with me. Still in the same building working under him. I was wondering if I quit my job if I could get unemployment due to having now..a mental condition due to a hostile work environment and numerous racial discrimination witnesses? I do not like quiting a job but this is far out of my control and is now bleeding into my life at home with my wife and kids.
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# riri 2011-11-09 23:16
Hi if I am already working part time but was given a new position and was told I would be able to work 40 hours would I qualify for unemployment? And my hours have been cut.
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# Jake 2011-12-01 21:54
I work full time right now and I am taking a break from college. Next year I plan to go back, and if I dont have enough time for a job with how many hours I take; then I was wondering if I could draw unemployment to help pay my rent for when I would have to move away from where I live now.
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# george 2012-02-26 20:31
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# zack 2012-11-26 15:57
Did you ever find the answer to this question? I am in the same boat. I have not been laid off yet but business has gotten really slow and it is coming.
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# Shay 2012-04-22 19:00
I was hired at my job 5months ago as a part time worker. Over the past month they have hired new workers and my hours have dropped from 30 hours a week to 4 hours a week! There is no way some can live off of 4 hours a week. Am I eligible for any type of unemployment even though I was hired as part time?
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# ramon 2012-09-24 11:44
my company just lost it contract and had to laid off several off its employees. i worked for the company for seven years.
my questions is: can i collect ui even if i collect milirary retirement.
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# Veronica 2012-09-26 13:59
I have been employed as a 1099 contractor for 9 months. Prior to accepting this contract, I was drawing unemployment from a previous W-2 job and still have $ available in UE compensation from that claim. The contracting company terminated me yesterday. Can they block my eligibility to recieve the funds still available on my previous UE claim? I realize the money is not part of their unemployment insurance, but do they have a say so in whether or not I can claim the $ that would have been available to me had I not accepted this 1099 contract?
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# Kenisha 2012-10-16 12:33
I currently have two seasonal jobs one of which is an environment that I cannot handle the other is ending in a couple of weeks if I quit one will I still be eligible for unemployment for the second...
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# Tammy. 2012-10-24 12:27
I've been working at the same place 9 years. For the past couple years I had a night schedule so that I could go to college. I graduate in may. My office is changing their hours and I will no longer be able to work nightshift. If I quit and look for another job with night hours, can I get unemployment until I get another job?
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# Jennifer 2012-12-27 20:09
If my company is moving to another location fifty miles from my house and are offering me a job at the new location, am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Ck 2013-01-01 18:01
I was forced to quit my job due to my husband being relocated. Am I eligible for unemployment while searching for another?
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# Allison 2013-01-22 12:59
I have worked, as a teacher, for just under 18 months. In October of 2012, I had to take short term disability for medical issues beyond my control and not connected to my employment. My short term leave will be up in two days, and, because I can't return yet, the school has decided to dissolve our contract. They have suggested that they are going to terminate under "mutual agreement", with a clause that refers to my medical condition as cause for this agreement. I do not have long term disability insurance, and, although I hope my medical issues will not last much longer, I do not know how I will afford to cover my families expenses. My husband is currently employed, but, in addition to my medical issues, my child is hospitalized often, and we can't afford to be without my wages. I would like to know if I will qualify for unemployment in this situation, and if not, if you could advise me as to how I might qualify. I addition to my 18 months employment, I currently hold a master's degree in education, and hope to return to teaching once I am able.

Thank you,
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# Tammy 2013-03-06 09:54
If you lost your job due to being in jail, do you qualify for unemployment?
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# louise 2013-03-17 17:47
i am working and my co is going out of business im over 62 and im receiving s/s, can i also collect ui
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# Missy 2013-04-11 14:09
Our company has a policy that they 'eliminate a job' in order to push someone out. Then later on open a 'new' position to hire someone new. Would someone be able to apply for unemployment because of an eliminated job. It seems like a loophole for companies.
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# Carol 2013-04-20 01:06
they have this new thing goin on now at various jobs seasonal part-time workers on call only call you when they needs you or have work and don't get no more than 20 hrs. I'll work one week n the next two weeks I don't then they call uyou to come n work 20 hrs then don't call in another week would I be able to draw unemployment.
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# spirit 2013-05-15 20:45
I reside in Georgia and I have been working since 2008 in Georgia. I got fired from my job in November 2012 but started back working in January 2013 but lost my assignment last month. I didn't file for unemployment at time because I was also working a seasonal position which I had started in march 2013. I was inform the other day that they are going to be laying us off here within the next month. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits til I find another job? while working for the company that fired me in November 2012 I was receiving partial unemployment because company couldn't give me the full time hours position originally called for but ended upon being fired, Can my claim be reopened?
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# Kawana 2013-06-13 11:06
I was recently fired a month ago for attendance but the case was, I am trying to attend school also work another job, and I tried explaining to m former supervisor that I was trying to do those things but I will try to improve my attendance but it will be days that I won't be able to come in because of other personal matters I had to handle. I tried to get her to understand but in the end I was fired anyway. Am I able to receive unemployment??
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# Jim 2013-07-10 15:44
If terminated from a part time job for no reason, am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Teanne 2013-08-26 20:10
I do security and one day when I was about to go to work my manager called me and told me my post did not want security guards anymore. Now I've been waiting and waiting for another post . I know I'm not officially laid off , but I might as well be since I have not worked in over a week. Every time I call nobody answers the phone and I'm looking for other jobs but it not happening . I'm I eligible for unemployment ?
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# Julie 2017-06-15 10:30
My hours have been reduced to under 6 hours a week indefinitely. Will I qualify for unemployment? I have met excellent performance standards.
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# Barbara 2017-06-23 07:45
Our company is having a Plant-shutdown for one week over the 4th of July. Employees were given the option to use vacation for the 1, 2, 3 or 4 days or only get the 1 day holiday pay.
Will the employees who opted to not use any vacation for that week be eligible for un-employment?
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