Drawing Unemployment Benefits

GEORGIA

Validate eligibiliy:  
To qualify for unemployment benefits, you must be out of work through no fault of your own. If you lose your job in a layoff, reduction-in-force (RIF), downsizing, or similar job action in which positions are cut for financial or strategic reasons, you will be eligible for benefits.

However, you don’t have to be laid off to collect unemployment. You may still be eligible even if you quit your job or you were fired, depending on the circumstances. Also, you must be able, seeking, and willing to immediately accept full-time work.


Validate earned wages eligibility: 

To be eligible, you must have insured wages in at least two quarters of your base period and your total base period wages must equal or exceed 1.5 times your high quarter earnings. Insured wages are wages earned while working for an employer who is subject to the Georgia Unemployment Compensation Law. Your average quarterly earnings during your two high quarters must be at least $1,134.00.


​File claim online or by mail through appropriate state.



HOW MUCH WILL I GET?

Steps....

  1. Determine base period at:   https://dol.georgia.gov/sites/dol.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/dol414.pdf
  2. Calculate high quarter earnings: Take average of highest quarter earnings.  
  3. Calculate total base period wages:  Take sum of total amount of wages earned in the two highest-earnings quarters. 
  4. Determine weekly benefit rate: Divide sum by 42. (Minimum you could receive is $44/week and maximum is $330/week)​​

ALABAMA

Validate eligibiliy:  
To qualify for unemployment benefits, you must be out of work through no fault of your own. If you lose your job in a layoff, reduction-in-force (RIF), downsizing, or similar job action in which positions are cut for financial or strategic reasons, you will be eligible for benefits.

However, you don’t have to be laid off to collect unemployment. You may still be eligible even if you quit your job or you were fired, depending on the circumstances. Also, you must be able, seeking, and willing to immediately accept full-time work.


Validate earned wages eligibility: 

To be eligible, you must have insured wages in at least two quarters of your base period and your total base period wages must equal or exceed 1.5 times your high quarter earnings. Insured wages are wages earned while working for an employer who is subject to the Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law. Your average quarterly earnings during your two high quarters must be at least $1,157.01.


​File claim online or by mail through appropriate state.



HOW MUCH WILL I GET?

Steps....

  1. Determine base period at:    https://www.labor.alabama.gov/docs/guides/uc_brr.pdf
  2. Calculate high quarter earnings: Take average of highest quarter earnings.  
  3. Calculate total base period wages:  Take sum of all base period wages.  In order to become elgible for benefits, the total base period wages must equal or exceed 1.5 times high quarter earnings.  
  4. Determine weekly benefit rate: Dvide average of two highest paying quarters by 26. (Minimum you could receive is $45/week and maximum is $265/week)


HOW LONG WILL I GET IT?

Those receiving unemployment benefits may collect them up to a maximum of 14 to 20 weeks, depending on the seasonal unemployment insurance rate effective at the time of the claim. Whether an applicant can collect benefits for the maximum number of weeks depends upon the wages earned during the base period and whether he or she meets the eligibility requirements each week. Federal unemployment benefit extensions may be available when Georgia is experiencing high unemployment rates. If this extension is available, the applicant will receive notification from Georgia's Department of Labor

HOW LONG WILL I GET IT?

Those receiving unemployment benefits may collect them up to 26 weeksdepending on how much you have earned in your base period. If you return to work of if you have deductible income for any week, you may draw more or less than 26 weeks. The total amount that you can draw for the year is the maximum benefit amount shown on your monetary determination. Federal unemployment benefit extensions may be available when Alabama is experiencing high unemployment rates. If this extension is available, the applicant will receive notification from Alabama's Department of Labor