Georgia Department of Labor
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program provides temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are either looking for another job, have a definite recall to their jobs within 6 weeks of the last day worked, or are in approved training. The funding for unemployment insurance benefits comes from taxes paid by employers. Workers do not pay any costs. Eligibility for benefits is determined based on past wages, reason for job separation, and availability and job search requirements. Claims are effective on the date they are filed and are not retroactive to the last day worked. Unemployment claims can be filed in person at any Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) career center or by Internet from any computer with appropriate Internet access. To file an unemployment claim via the Internet, you must have a valid email address. This email account should be your personal email address because private and confidential information about your claim will be sent to this email address. If you do not have an email address, access a listing of web sites to create a free email account before you begin the claims filing process. The Georgia Department of Labor does not sell or provide email addresses to third parties. Please adjust the security settings and filters on your email account to allow emails from the Georgia Department of Labor. If your security settings and filters are not set properly, department emails may be undeliverable or routed to your Spam/Bulk Mail folder. This may cause a delay in processing your claim.