Use the calculator to estimate your Georgia weekly benefit amount (WBA) for unemployment compensation. The calculator was last updated in March 2020.
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Instructions and details are included below the calculator. The calculator will auto-update as you enter information.
The calculator is for informational purposes only and cannot file any claim for benefits on your behalf. Furthermore, this calculator is not endorsed by any government agency and cannot guarantee eligibility or benefits.
Update (March 2020): The federal government temporarily increased unemployment benefits by an additional $600 per week per eligible recipient in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This additional amount is available in all US states/jurisdictions, although it may take some time for states to implement this increase. The calculator's estimated weekly benefit amount does not include this additional $600/week payment.
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Georgia Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Instructions and Explanations
Date Claim Filed
Enter the date that you filed your claim (or will file your claim) for unemployment.
Georgia will usually consider your claim effective as of Sunday of the same week that you file. This affects which quarterly earnings are considered as your base period (see below) when calculating your weekly benefit amount.
Base Period: Calendar Quarters | Wages Earned
Enter your total wage earnings for each of the four calendar quarters listed, which are the first four of the most recent five completed calendar quarters. You must have wages in at least two quarters and have earned at least $1,134 combined in your two highest-earning quarters combined in order to qualify for benefits.
If you do not qualify under the standard base period, you may be able to use the most recent four completed quarters as an alternate base period.
Georgia Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Results
Estimated Weekly Benefit Rate (WBA)
The calculator returns your estimated WBA based on your average weekly wage during the base period.
Your WBA is usually the sum of your two highest-earning quarters divided by 42. However, if your total wages during the base period are less than 1.5x your wages in your highest earning quarter, your WBA will be calculated based on your highest-earning quarter divided by 21.
If eligible, the minimum WBA is $55 and the maximum WBA is $365.
These maximums are recalculated annually on July 1 based on the statewide average weekly wage.
The calculator will return an estimated weekly benefit rate of $0, if it appears that you do not meet the eligibility requirements described above.
Your WBA may be reduced by other compensation that you receive and certain mandated payments, such as delinquent child support payments.
Maximum # of Weeks
The maximum number of weeks for which you can receive your WBA depends on the state's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate that resets twice a year on January 1 and July 1. The maximum (PDF) ranges from 14 weeks (if unemployment rate is less than or equal to 6.5%) to 20 weeks (if unemployment rate is 9.0% or above).
File a Claim in Georgia
The following link will let you start the online process to file a claim for benefits. Unemployment compensation benefits are administered by the Georgia Department of Labor, the state government agency that helps Georgian job seekers and workers.