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Unemployment Compensation

What is Unemployment Compensation?

Unemployment insurance is temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The funding for unemployment insurance benefits comes from taxes paid by employers. Employees do not pay any costs.


Eligibility for benefits is determined by the state based on past wages, reason for job separation, availability, and job search requirements.

Filing a Claim

Claims for unemployment insurance may be filed at any Georgia Department of Labor career center. When filing a claim, you should bring:

  • Your social security number; a claim cannot be filed without a social security number
  • Employer-issued separation letter or notice, if one was provided
  • Names and addresses of all employers for the last eighteen months and the dates worked for each
  • Proof of immigration status if not a U.S. citizen
  • Personal check with account number and bank routing number if you want benefits deposited directly into a checking or savings account
  • Claims are effective on the date they are filed and are not retroactive to the last day worked

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Hearing Process

Managers/supervisors who are involved in a hearing for a contested unemployment claim should contact Human Resources, 706-864-1400.

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