The unemployment insurance program is provided by the Georgia Department of Labor. You can find information regarding reemployment and related services by visiting one of the many career centers in the state. You can verify on the official website if you wish to find a location nearest you.
Eligibility & Benefits
Eligibility requirements have been put in place to ensure that you can get the maximum amount of UI benefits possible. You must be completely or partially applied due to no fault of your own. If you are partially employed, you must be earning less than your potential weekly benefit amount. You can also apply for UI benefits if your work hours have been reduced significantly, or you are working on a per-contract basis. However, you must report all of your wages to the department. In general, your eligibility will be determined based on your past wages, reasons for unemployment, and current job availability in the state.
Besides being available, ready, and able to work, there is also a monetary eligibility requirement that must be met before a claim can be filed. You must provide the details of your earnings from the last 12-months, which is considered your “base period.” This base period consists of the first four completed quarters out of the last five quarters. However, you may not qualify for the traditional base period, in which case an “alternate base period” can be used. This alternative consists of the last four completed quarters of the calendar year. Regardless of which period is used, you must have earned enough wages to qualify for UI benefits. For instance, your total wages from your base period must be equal to or 0.5 times more than the highest amount of wages earned in one quarter.
The maximum amount of benefits you can receive is determined based on your earnings from your base period. In Georgia, the minimum benefit amount is $44 per week, and the maximum is $330 per week. Moreover, the maximum number of weeks that you can receive UI benefits will depend on the seasonal unemployment rate in Georgia. However, six weeks is the minimum number of weeks that you benefit from the UI program. Generally, applicants will be eligible to receive benefits for anywhere between 14 and 20 weeks. Furthermore, you can expect to receive your payments electronically through direct deposit.
How to File a Claim
In Ohio, most claims are filed in person; however, you now have the option to apply online if you have a personal email address. The only condition is that you must have earned all of your wages in the state of Ohio in the last 18 months. Thus, out-of-state claims need to be made in person.
- Social Security Number, address, and telephone number
- Driver’s license or identification card
- Employment history from the last 18 months, which includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all your previous employers
- The dates of employment, your earnings, and the reasons for separation from all positions held within the last 18 months – proof is required in the form of a letter or notice from your employers
- Most recent pay stub and the tax return that was most recently filed in the U.S. Banking information to set up payments through direct deposit