How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Georgia?

Georgia allows for the use of two different methods in determining eligibility for unemployment insurance.

The first method requires you to have worked during a minimum of two quarters in the base period. You also must have earned 1.5 times your HQW within the entire base period.

The second method also requires for you to have worked during a minimum of two quarters in the base period. You also must have earned at least 40 times the WBA in the base period, with WBA computed by multiplying your HQW by 1/21.

This causes the minimum required HQW to be $924 with a total base period earnings of at least $1,760.

Georgia does not offer an extended base period; however, an alternate base period is available. The alternate base period uses the last four completed calendar quarters of the base period.

In Georgia an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.

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