Georgia Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, GA unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Georgia unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, GA unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the GA unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Georgia unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: 1-866-873-5676 Georgia Department of Labor Office Georgia Unemployment Website

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# Chris 2011-04-27 10:46
I will be getting out of the military soon and I have yet to find a job. Will I be eligible for benefits and what will the amount of benefits be based on?
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# Samantha Gibson 2011-07-11 12:13
I have 2 jobs, but if I lose one of my jobs am I eligible for unemployment
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# Rheanna 2011-12-27 13:24
I was working 40 hours a week an been cut down to 24 hours so am I eligible for unemployment
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# Michelle 2012-01-12 11:53
will i be able to claim unemployment after having a baby? i am takin 12 weeks off from work to care for my newborn. Can i claim unemployment until i return to work?
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# Toni 2012-04-07 05:48
I have only been working for my employer for 60 months. They fired me, based solely on my length of time with them, am I eligible for UEB? Thanks.
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# JB 2012-05-26 16:04
I got fired because someone heard me curse at another employee. Am I eligible for unemployment?
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# Derek 2012-06-12 18:19
I got fired for not meeting a sales quota. Am i eligible?
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# Lydia 2012-06-18 15:44
If you have received the letter stating what you can get in unemployment does this mean you are approved or does a second letter come stating that?
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# Calvin 2012-07-16 17:40
I have a Cdl A license and was terminated due to a Dui charge. I have an attorney to represent me in this case. I currently have not been arraigned and license is not suspended. Nor have I been convicted of the charge. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# James 2012-07-18 19:17
Contract for work expires this month. have not offered another position. Am i eligible for unemployment?
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# Curtis 2012-08-10 15:54
what if I have worked in another country for the last three years. I quit to come bacd to the US. Am actively interviewing and looking. Am I eligible?
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# Jennifer 2012-10-04 18:19
I had to quit my job to finish school. Would I qualify for unemployment? I'm a full time student.
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# fred 2012-10-06 10:55
I got hired by a company in Georgia and moved my family here 3 1/2 months ago. They have recently told me that faulty paperwork allegations have come up and I am suspended with pay. I just wondered if they fire me, am I eligible for unemployment because my family depends on my income.
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# brandon 2012-10-08 16:14
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# Nadege 2012-10-24 15:53
I am disable however I am able to work and available to work yet my unemployment was denied because my disability limits me to working from home. Can I appeal this to get my unemployment. under ADA law my job is required to make accommodations for me to work from home however in the event they are unable to do so that shouldn't not exclude me from getting unemployment until they are able to accommodate me.
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# Nancy 2012-11-21 01:30
I have a full time job as well as a part time job. The company I work part time for has not called me to work in over 30 days. Am I eligible for any benefits?
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# jf 2012-12-03 22:25
I have been incarserated for the past two years and released 4 mnths ago. Can i recieve unemployment?
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# Aaron 2012-12-11 13:54
I just got out of the military and someone old me I can pull unemployment while going to school is that true.
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# T.A 2013-01-08 14:46
I was hired to work PRN or as needed under a contract agreement to work at least 3 days a week . This position is not full-time or part-time. My pay rate for this job is $30.49/hr. Therefore 3 days of work a week ranging from 4 hours to 8 daily would yield a decent check. However the last 3 months I was informed that hours are being reduced due to budget reasons etc. This has resulted in me receiveing checks w/ only 6-12.5 hours for the entire month (Under $200 a month and/or under $350 a month). May I apply for reduced hours? Your time and consideration is deeply appreciated. Thanks!
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# Daisy 2013-01-17 19:46
I am working part time and the company only has me working 12 to 21 hours a week. I am waiting to become fulltime with the company. Can I draw unemployment till I get more hours?
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# Cheryl 2013-02-12 10:49
I lost my job last yr & received my UI then. I since have had to reapply & I received my determination paperwork which gives the weekly amount & how long but in the bottom box it states "between the filing period of your previous claim & this claim you must have worked for an employer covered by unemployment insurance law. You must have earned ten times the weekly benefit amount of this claim. You have not earned that amount and cannot be paid benefits." I don't understand this becauselthe company I worked for was covered by unemployment insurance & I made over $14,000 total for 2 of the 4 quarters. Does this mean that I won't be receiving UI?
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# gwen 2013-03-07 12:45
Can I apply for unemployment while waiting on my appeal at ALJ hearing for disability.
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# Christina 2013-04-02 13:03
My FMLA start date would have been 4-23-13, I was due to have a baby 4-6-13 which my company was willing to work with me on. Unfortunately or fortunately, my baby came 2.5 weeks early on 3-20-13 so I was terminated from my job. I received my notice of separation from them and was wondering if I would be able to collect benefits until I can go back to work??
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# christopher 2013-04-22 11:12
I was employed by a staffing company for around 30 days, out the blue they called me and said my assignment was up. do I qualify for unemployment?
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# Bilomeatman 2013-07-07 13:28
I was suspended until further notice without pay for alleged misconduct away from work. I have been employed full time with this company for over three years. Can I collect unemployment benefits until my employer lifts suspension or terminates my employment?
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# William 2013-08-08 11:44
I have not worked for a company in 12 years. Been doing side jobs to get by. Have never collected unemployment in Game but paid into it for 10-15 years. Am I eligible for any benefits?
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# Jill 2013-10-11 15:57
For several months I was the target of a hostile working environment by another coworker. This employee made it her mission to create probs for me. Whenever she and I worked the same day, I did what I could to have as little contact as possible, as just opening my mouth gave her enough of a reason to get nasty. On more than one occasion I went to the manager and an asst. manager about this coworker, and each time I was told they would take care of it. Whether or not they did speak to this employee, the problems continued. What gets me is her instigating problems is well known. Finally on Oct. 4 I had enough, and felt my only option was to quit. Will I be eligible for unemployment? Also, when I returned to pick up an item, she was still there. So much for taking care of the problem. Anyway, since I quit and was not fired, under the circumstances will I be eligible for unemployment?
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# Patricia 2017-09-01 14:54
I live in GA but work in TN, do I still file unemployment benefits in GA?
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