Georgia Unemployment If You Get Laid-off

Generally, in Georgia you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that they company that you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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# Patrick 2011-09-06 19:29
I currently work part-time, but I know I will be laid off for the months of November and December. I have heard two different stories from co-workers concerning unemployment benefits.

Some of my co-workers have told me I must work with a company for approximately nine months to draw benefits, while others have said I must draw a net income of a certain amount of money (this varies between $2,500 and $3,500).

Can anyone help clarify these issues and help me better determine if I will be eligible to draw unemployment benefits during my lay off season?
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# Heather 2011-10-25 23:30
I was recently laid of my job sep 7th 2011 . How long do you have to work to get unemployment ?
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# Tammy 2012-02-22 20:19
I'm not sure if I can file or not only because I worked for an individual,who paid me with her own personal checks,but we both filed our taxes,turning this money in to the IRS. CAN I FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS? I've been laid off since December.
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# lindy 2012-09-21 17:22
coming up on my 90 days at my job. If I am let go, laid off, before my benefits kick in at 90 days with the co, does that also mean that I dont get to collect unemployment? In Georgia.
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# Cynthia 2013-01-30 10:25
My company is putting mandatory furlough in place. I am required to take 5 days of unpaid time off for this furlough. Am I eligible for unemployment for this furlough period?
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# martinez 2013-02-18 20:08
My job is offering a voluntary severance package. Does that mean i will not be able to get unemployment?
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# neal 2017-11-28 10:30
I am getting laid off this friday, i am eligible to get unemployment however i have some legal issues and may go to ail for 30 or 60 days 2 days after i get laid off WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GO TO jAIL, HOW WILL THAT AFFECT MY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHEN SHOULD I SIGN UP BEFOR OR AFTER AIL PLEASE HELP
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