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Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits are scheduled to end week ending December 28, 2013. New EUC claims cannot be filed after December 28, 2013. If you are currently receiving EUC, you will not be paid for weeks ending after December 28, 2013. Therefore, your benefits could stop before you receive the maximum benefit of your EUC claim.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-25) requires across-the-board budget cuts to many federal programs, including the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. These reductions are generally known as “sequestration” budget cuts.

The purpose of sequestration is to reduce each federal agency’s budgetary resources in non-exempt accounts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Federal sequestration requires a 10.7 percent reduction on EUC payments for weeks beginning on or after March 31, 2013 through September 28, 2013. Also, federal sequestration requires a 7.2 percent reduction on EUC payments for weeks beginning on or after September 29, 2013. Affected individuals will be notified by mail.

The reduction in EUC benefits is mandated by federal law and does not provide appeal rights.

On January 2, 2013, the President signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act) which extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program to allow payments through December 28, 2013. The Act does not provide additional weeks of benefits to individuals who exhausted all entitlements under previous law.

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96) requires the average 3-month Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) be at least 9.0% for Fourth Tier EUC to remain available. As of December 21, 2012, the 3-month average unemployment rate for Georgia is less than 9.0%. As a result, individuals must exhaust Third Tier EUC with a payment for a week ending date on or before January 12, 2013 to establish Fourth Tier EUC. Claimants who meet this requirement are eligible to receive the remaining Fourth Tier EUC balance through week ending date December 28, 2013, the EUC program ending date.


To file an unemployment claim via the Internet, you must have a valid email address. This email account should be your personal email address because private and confidential information about your claim will be sent to this email address.

If you do not have an email address, access a listing of web sites to create a free email account before you begin the claims filing process. The Georgia Department of Labor does not sell or provide email addresses to third parties.

Please adjust the security settings and filters on your email account to allow emails from the Georgia Department of Labor. If your security settings and filters are not set properly, department emails may be undeliverable or routed to your Spam/Bulk Mail folder. This may cause a delay in processing your claim.

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Updated February 4, 2014
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