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.

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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 PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
6-26 weeks$55$365$7,300

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
Suite 525
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
Suite 240
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
Suite 200
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
Building 100
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