Georgia UnemploymentUpdated May 12, 2021 Unemployment
Georgia Unemployment Insurance Benefits
The Georgia Department of Labor administers the state’s unemployment insurance benefits program, designed to provide temporary financial support for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Georgia’s program provides temporary support and eases the financial burden of unemployment while also providing unemployed Georgians the opportunity to search for new employment.
Georgia unemployment compensation is supported by a state trust fund, which is fully funded by Georgia employers who pay applicable unemployment tax. No worker wages are taxed or withheld to fund the program.
Georgia Unemployment Services
|Apply Online||File a Claim|
|Weekly Certification||Claim Weekly UI Benefits|
|Appeal a Denial||https://dol.georgia.gov/file-appeal|
|Find a Local Office||https://dol.georgia.gov/locations|
|Report Frau||Benefits Fraud|
|Coronavirus Updates||COVID-19 Assistance|
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Georgia?
To qualify for unemployment compensation in Georgia, you must be able to show the following:
- You must have earned sufficient income during the base period, as defined by Georgia law.
- You must have lost employment through no fault of his or her own.
- You must be able and available to accept work when offered.
- You must actively seek work each week benefits are requested.
Individual determinations can only be made after the initial UI benefit claim is submitted, so if you’re unsure whether you qualify, it’s best to apply so you can get an official determination.
Benefit Payments and Duration
|Base Period||First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters|
|Alt Base Period||Last 4 completed quarters|
|Duration of Benefits||Weekly Payment||Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)|
How Do I Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Georgia?
Claimants have a few options when submitting their initial unemployment claim in Georgia. First, these claims may be filed in person at any Georgia Department of Labor career center.
But the fastest and easiest way to submit your initial unemployment benefits claim is online.
To apply online, you must have a valid email address. All information pertaining to your initial UI claim, including private and confidential information about your claim, will be sent to this email address.
Once you set up an account to submit your initial UI benefit claim, you also will be able to use this account to check the status of your unemployment benefit claim and to submit your weekly benefits certifications.
How Do I Manage My Unemployment Benefits?
While you collect UI benefits, you will be required to certify your eligibility each week and submit a summary of your recent work search activities. You can certify using Georgia’s telephone interactive voice response system, online using the account you created when you filed your initial UI claim, or in person at a Georgia Department of Labor career center.
The process for submitting your weekly benefit claim is fairly simple. You will need to answer a series of questions that confirm for the Georgia Department of Labor that you continue to meet eligibility requirements. You must also report your job-search activity for the week, along with any wages earned and any job offers received.
How Do I Appeal a Decision?
If you disagree with a decision about your unemployment benefit claim from the Georgia Department of Labor, you can request an appeal. This request must be submitted in writing and may be submitted online, by email, fax, or hand delivery. In addition, your request for appeal must be submitted in writing within 15 days of the postmark date on your official decision letter.
Contact information for submitting your request can be found below:
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 404-232-3901 or 404-232-3902
Georgia Department of Labor
I Appeals Tribunal
148 Andrew Young International Blvd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-1734
How Do I Report Fraud?
Unemployment insurance fraud is a significant crime with far-reaching effects. The Georgia Department of Labor asks for support from all UI claimants and recipients when it comes to preventing unemployment fraud and abuse.
Cutting down on unemployment fraud helps the Georgia Department of Labor guarantee that Georgia tax dollars are spent wisely and that unemployment assistance is directed only toward eligible individuals.
If you suspect that someone is fraudulently collecting unemployment compensation, you may make a report using the Georgia Department of Labor’s online reporting form.
Georgia Unemployment Office Locations
|Albany Unemployment Office||1608 South Slappey Blvd|
Albany, GA 31701
|Americus Unemployment Office||120 West Church Street|
Americus, GA 31709
|Athens Unemployment Office||150 Evelyn C. Neely Drive|
Athens, GA 30601
|Adamsville Unemployment Office||3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive|
Atlanta, GA 30331
|Atlanta Unemployment Office||223 Courtland Street Suite 200|
Atlanta, GA 30303
|WorkSource Atlanta||818 Pollard Blvd SW|
Atlanta, GA 30315
|Augusta Unemployment Office||601 Greene Street|
Augusta, GA 30901-1427
|Bainbridge Unemployment Office||310 South Scott Street|
Bainbridge, GA 39819
|Job Training Unlimited, Inc.||680 South Main Street Unit E|
Baxley, GA 31513
|Blue Ridge Unemployment Office||946 Appalachian Highway|
PO Box 488
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
|Brunswick Unemployment Office||2517 Tara Lane|
Brunswick, GA 31520-2758
|Cairo Unemployment Office||225 5th Street NE|
Cairo, GA 39828-2605
|Carrollton Unemployment Office||275 Northside Drive|
Carrollton, GA 30117-1833
|Cartersville Unemployment Office||19 Felton Place|
Cartersville, GA 30120
|Clayton County Unemployment Office||1630 Phoenix Blvd Suite 200|
College Park, GA 30349
|South Fulton Unemployment Office||5710 Stonewall Tell Road Suite 160|
College Park, GA 30349
|Columbus Unemployment Office||700 Veterans Parkway|
Columbus, GA 31901
|Rockdale Career Resource Center||1765 Parker Road Suite B-110|
Conyers, GA 30094
|Habersham Area Unemployment Office||215 Hodges Street Suite 205|
Cornelia, GA 30531
|Covington Unemployment Office||7249 Industrial Blvd North East|
Covington, GA 30014
|Dalton Unemployment Office||1406 Chattanooga Avenue|
Dalton, GA 30720-2630
|DeKalb Workforce Center||774 Jordan Lane Bldg 4|
Decatur, GA 30033
|Douglas Unemployment Office||70 Lockwood Drive|
Douglas, GA 31533
|Career Resource Center - Douglas County||8595 Club Drive|
Douglasville, GA 30134
|Dublin Unemployment Office||910 North Jefferson Street|
Dublin, GA 31021
|Gwinnett County Career Resource Center||3885 Crestwood Parkway NW|
Duluth, GA 30096
|Eastman Unemployment Office||107 College Street|
Eastman, GA 31023-1610
|Gainesville Unemployment Office||2756 Atlanta Highway|
Gainesville, GA 30504
|Griffin One-Stop Unemployment Office||1514 Highway 16 West|
Griffin, GA 30223
|Hinesville Job Center||140 E. ML King Jr. Drive|
PO Box 710
Hinesville, GA 31310
|LaFayette Unemployment Office||200 West Villanow Street|
Lafayette, GA 30728
|LaGrange Unemployment Office||1002 Longley Place|
Lagrange, GA 30240
|Gwinnett County Unemployment Office||5150 Sugarloaf Parkway|
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
|Macon Unemployment Office||3090 Mercer University Dr|
Macon, GA 31204
|Cobb-Cherokee Unemployment Office||465 Big Shanty Rd|
Marietta, GA 30066-3303
|Unemployment Office - Marietta||463 Commerce Park Drive Suite 100|
Marietta, GA 30060
|Milledgeville Unemployment Office||156 Roberson Mill Road|
Milledgeville, GA 31061
|Unemployment Office - Clayton Branch||3000 Corporate Center Drive Suite 350|
Morrow, GA 30260
|Moultrie Unemployment Office||220 North Main Street|
Moultrie, GA 31768
|Rome Unemployment Office||462 Riverside Parkway NE|
PO Box 5107
Rome, GA 30162
|North Fulton Unemployment Office||7741 Roswell Road Room 205|
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
|Savannah Unemployment Office||5520 White Bluff Road|
Savannah, GA 31405
|Kings Bay Unemployment Office||1712 Osborne Road Suite G|
St. Marys, GA 31558-9103
|Statesboro Unemployment Office||305 S Main Street|
Statesboro, GA 30458
|Screven Job Center||111 N Main St.|
Sylvania, GA 30467
|Thomasville Unemployment Office||403 N Broad Street|
Thomasville, GA 31792
|Thomson Unemployment Office||674 Washington Road|
PO Box 489
Thomson, GA 30824
|Tifton Unemployment Office||310 South Tift Ave|
Tifton, GA 31794
|Toccoa Unemployment Office||37 Foreacre Street|
Toccoa, GA 30577
|Valdosta Unemployment Office||221 South Ashley Street|
Valdosta, GA 31601
|Vidalia Unemployment Office||206 Queen Street Suite 16|
Vidalia, GA 30474
|Houston County Unemployment Office||96 Cohen Walker Drive|
Warner Robins, GA 31088
|Waycross Unemployment Office||600 Plant Avenue|
Waycross, GA 31501