While conditions related to unemployment nationwide continue to improve, there are still a lot of families facing uncertainty. Arbor View Properties has been able to pay cash to homeowners all over the Atlanta area. Before pursuing something like that, it’s best to know what the unemployment process in Georgia looks like.
Benefit amounts in Georgia are determined based on the amount of wages that are in your base period. This is the first four quarters that were completed in the previous 15 months prior to when you find yourself in a situation that you need to file a claim. There’s also a chance that you may not be approved for benefits. In this case, you can attempt to file for an additional request. This secondary request would instead look at the most recent 12 month period prior to the second filing for benefits to determine eligibility. The length of benefits will be dependent on what Georgia has for an unemployment rate at the time that you file your claim. Once you have filed the claim you begin your benefit “year”. This is the 12 month period in which you will receive your benefits. Once that 12 month period passes you will then need to restart the filing process. You will also need to qualify for benefits a second time.
For a more specific idea of what you will receive as benefits, you can apply the following formula. You will need to know what your two highest earning quarters were within the determining base period and then you will need to divide that number by 42. Usually this number is going to be somewhere between at least $44 and at most $330. There are several online calculators you can use to help you determine a more accurate amount you will receive. You will need to know and understand the numbers they will be asking your for when you go to use the calculator. Generally the calculators will ask about the number of dependents you have as well as how much money you earned in the last 5 quarters of the year, or 3 month periods within a given year.
Before you attempt to file an unemployment claim with Georgia, you will need to be sure that you have all the documentation that is required. Several of the items are things that you will keep with you and generally have readily available, but there may be things we have here that you might not have just lying around at home. You will need such things as:
- Government issued ID
- Social Security number (Alien Number with expiration date if you don’t have a SSN)
- Previous work history for the last 18 months
- Separation notice from your most recent Employer
- Bank account number and routing number
- Most recent year’s tax return
- S-8 form
You should make sure to include certain information when you provide your previous work history in order to make sure that you provide accurate information. There are things you will be expected to provide such as employer’s name, address, phone number, date you started, date you last worked for the company/person, rate of pay, total earnings for 5 base periods, and lastly the official reason the job separation occurred.