Extend Georgia Unemployment

Georgia is one of 29 states that offer an extension of unemployment benefits. However the rules for extended unemployment are stiffer than regular unemployment eligibility.

 As you may know, the initial way that workers become eligible for unemployment is to file a claim after a layoff. This is known in Georgia as first tier. Once the first tier benefits are exhausted, a person who has not found a new job and can prove that they have been actively searching or training, can apply for second tier benefits.

 Second tier benefits provide up to 14 weeks of benefits. In order to be eligible for unemployment extended benefits. Third tier benefits can provide up to 13 weeks of benefits but only after first and second tier benefits have been exhausted. Fourth tier benefits can provide up to six weeks of benefits, but only after first, second and third tier benefits have been exhausted.

 For second, third and fourth tiers, job seekers must file an Emergency Compensation Claim with the Georgia Department of Labor. This can be done on their website or in person at a Georgia DOL Career Centers. There are 53 centers statewide. Again, in order to achieve Georgia eligibility for unemployment extended benefits, it must be shown the unemployed person has exhausted job possibilities in his or her area of Georgia.

 After this, Georgia State Extend Benefits can be applied for. This is a separate eligibility for unemployment process. The job seeker must have already exhausted all four tiers of regular benefits. Now he or she must fill out an entirely new application for SEB. Once deemed eligible for unemployment under the SEB requirements, he or she can receive 20 more weeks of unemployment.

 As you can see, Georgia has tried to keep benefits flowing to those who cannot find employment.

 The Tiered and SEB eligibility for unemployment should not be confused, however, with those who go back to work after having unemployment benefits and then find themselves out of work again. They usually must file for any remaining benefits before they can file a new claim.

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