Georgia Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Georgia unemployment insurance benefits are available to anyone who has lost their job due to no fault of their own. This may be due to one of the following:

  • Furlough
  • Lay-off
  • Downsizing
  • Natural disaster

The Georgia unemployment insurance benefit is paid for by a tax on Georgia employers. It does not cost anything to file, but every day that a laid-off worker waits is money lost. Unemployment benefits, once approved, will be paid retroactively to the date filed.

 Many wait to file for this benefit. Unfortunately, if you deliberatly postpone filing for this benefit unemployment may drain your financial security away. Here's what you need to file:

  • Your Recent (18 months) Employment History and Contact Information
  • Your dismissal order (if you have it)
  • W-2s, Your recent federal tax return and/or self-employment quarterly tax papers
  • Military papers which show your current status
  • Your social security number
  • Your Georgia's driver license or other ID
  • All applicants for employee benefits must sign an affidavit stating their legal status as U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens.

You can file online or go to one of 53 career centers near you. For career centers, see For filing online, go to The Georgia Department of Labor approves applications and issues unemployment benefits.

 The Georgia DOL requires workers to enroll in direct deposit. You will need a personal check for bank information and the check routing number. Again, there is no fee to file. This is a free service for those out of work in Georgia.

 If you need copies of tax returns, W-2s or other federal tax documents, the IRS website should be able to help you.

 For advice on getting a new job, talk with the placement counselors at one of the Georgia Department of Labor career centers. If you were fired, you can also seek help at a career center, although benefits are not available. If you lost your job due to a natural disaster, there are natural disaster relief funds available through the Georgia DOL.

 Unemployment benefits can help you as you transition from job to job. Apply now.

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