Unemployment Benefits

Informative "How To" Article on Unemployment benefits. CLICK Below.

>>> If you are an INDIVIDUAL APPLYING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT, here are a few QUICK LINKS below (watch the short video tutorial):

Unemployment Benefit Claims by an Individual:

>>> How to File an Unemployment Claim

Instructions for Filing An Unemployment Insurance Claim.

>>> Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits Tutorial

>>> Apply for Unemployment Benefits

>> Next Steps After Filing UI Individual Claim

Steps claimants should follow after filing an unemployment insurance claim with the Georgia Department of Labor.

>>> Check My UI Claim Status

>>> Reset Your PIN

>>> Claim Weekly UI Benefits Payments

>>> UI Benefit Payment Methods

>>> COVID-19 Individual FAQs

>>> If you are an EMPLOYER, and filing claims on behalf of your employees, here are a few quick links (watch the short video tutorial):

Unemployment Benefit Claims by an EMPLOYER:

>> Employer Portal

>> Next Steps for Employees Whose Employers Filed for Them

Steps claimants should follow after their employer filed an unemployment insurance claim for them with the Georgia Department of Labor.

>> Georgia Employer Filed Claims Tutorial

>> Individual PIN Set-up Instructions for Employer Filed Claims

PIN setup instructions for Employer Filed Claims.

>> Check My UI Claim Status

>> Employer Filed Partial Claims Filing Instructions

Employer Filed Partial Claims Filing Instructions related to COVID-19.

>> COVID-19 Employer Filed Claims Desk Aid

Employer Filed Partial Claims Desk-Aid related to COVID-19 including information on Multi-claims upload and single entry.

>> COVID-19 Employer FAQs

>> Next Steps for Employers Filing Partials (100.71 KB)

Steps for employers to follow after filing unemployment insurance partial claims for their employees.

>> Rapid Response

UPDATE ALERT 4.10.2020:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, is the program that will provide unemployment benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for them. This includes individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, or those with limited work history who will not qualify for state unemployment benefits. The GDOL is modifying its current online unemployment application adding new questions to better identify those individuals who may be eligible for PUA. This modified application is expected to be available on Monday, April 13, 2020, on the GDOL website. Once the application is received, it will take several weeks to process. These additional questions in the application will help determine qualified applicants to continue the process for PUA benefits, including a different set of wage verifications and a different process for certification of wage benefits. The GDOL is partnering with other state agencies to assist with wage verification simplifying the process for PUA applicants.

If you have already filed a claim with the GDOL and will be eligible to potentially receive benefits under this program, you do NOT have to refile your claim. These individuals will be identified and sent an email with a link to provide additional information for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program.

"We are on the forefront of this economic effort to provide relief to a brand-new group of Georgians who have never received unemployment benefits before," said Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. "Our team is working to make sure we can offer assistance as soon as possible to those in need while also establishing a system that in compliance with federal law."

Read about the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) ACT

>>>URGENT: Department of Labor Resources:


  • If you are still open, you must post the posters included in the above link before APRIL 1st

  • Business owners - If you have even ONE employee, you're required to post this poster about the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) before it goes into effect on April 1:

  • Click Here for the poster that needs to be posted:>> Poster:

  • The DOL suggests sending by email to your employees if your office is closed or your workforce is virtual.

  • On the bright side - did you know that business owners can take advantage of this paid leave too? (It's paid by the government through tax credits!)

>>>As of now the application for Self-Employed, GIG workers, and 1099 Contractors, is not open. This modified application is expected to be available on Monday, April 13, 2020, on the GDOL website. >>> Keep checking back here to see when Unemployment benefits open up: https://dol.georgia.gov/gdol-covid-19-information


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Small Business Administration Jobs: visit, https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-response-jobs-sba


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There are already scams preying on small business owners to pay people to apply for unemployment benefits for you. There are many FREE resources to help you navigate applying for the benefits for your employees. Please check the Georgia Department of Labor site. If you need assistance, please call your local Department of Labor Office: (706) 638-5525.