Georgia (GA) Department of Labor – $600 FPUC and PUA for Extra Unemployment Insurance


While Georgia has started paying the $600 FPUC weekly payment to more claimants, it is well behind in processing new claims and making retroactive payments. This is a known issue as their systems are having several technical glitches and struggling to handle the volume of claims. However the good news, per the comments received across several related articles (see menu), is that the number of new claims being processed has improved and more and more people are seeing some of the enhanced Unemployment benefits

The GA Department of Labor manages the states’ unemployment insurance program. See further details below on the newly enhanced benefits available now and how to file a claim. And per the official GA DOL website, they are aware of the ongoing issues people are experiencing when filing claims.

COVID 19 Enhanced Benefits

Under the CARES act, the following are the types of federal unemployment assistance now available:

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has updated its current systems to distribute federal unemployment funds as part of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) bringing economic relief to many Georgians.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC) provides an additional $600 weekly payment to any individual eligible for any of the Unemployment Compensation programs – State and Federal. The GDOL is distributing this additional payment to those currently receiving state or federal unemployment benefits. This supplement is an additional payment to regular weekly state unemployment benefits and includes all eligible weeks beginning with the week ending 4/4/2020. The GDOL started issuing payments on Monday, April 13, 2020 for those currently receiving state benefits and will pay benefits retroactively for eligible recipients.

Your payment may not be $600 weekly if you have elected to have state and federal taxes deducted. Unemployment benefits are taxable income. Federal taxes are deducted at 10% and state taxes at 6%. Other deductions may include court ordered or voluntary child support or repayment of an UI over payment (one-half of your $600 FPUC payment will be deducted and applied to your outstanding over payment).
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is the program that will provide unemployment benefits to individuals who are self-employed, gig workers, 1099 independent contractors, employees of churches, employees of non-profits, or those with limited work history who do not qualify for state unemployment benefits. These individuals must be determined to be ineligible to receive state benefits before being evaluated for federal PUA benefits.

Individuals determined ineligible to be paid traditional state benefits will receive an email with instructions for filing a PUA application or will find a link to the application in their My UI portal. Once the PUA application is submitted, it will be reviewed for eligibility and a written determination will be released with appeal rights. Applicants need to request payment for all eligible weeks since the closing of their business due to COVID-19. See detailed instructions on PUA.

Individuals who have already filed a claim with the GDOL and determined not eligible for state unemployment benefits and may be potentially eligible to receive benefits under this program, do NOT have to refile a regular state claim. 

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (PEUC), allows for up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits added to the end of regular unemployment benefits. This means claimants may collect unemployment benefits for a longer period of time than under normal circumstances. Claimants are potentially eligible if they have been unemployed between March 29 through December 26, 2020 and have exhausted regular state or federal benefits after July 6, 2019. Individuals must be ineligible for state or federal benefits and able and available to work.

Individuals determined eligible for the program will receive an email or letter with instructions for PEUC or could find the additional benefits already applied in their My UI portal. Claimants need to request payment for all eligible weeks on the regular state UI page at Claim Weekly UI Benefits Payment.

State Extended Benefits, or SEB, is an extension of benefits that occurs when a state meets the unemployment rate threshold for a designated period.  Georgia became eligible to pay SEB May 10, 2020.  However, the first payable week ending date (WED) was July 4, 2020 based on the first payable WED of PEUC was April 4, 2020 for 13 weeks.  As of July 5, 2020, Georgia began a high unemployment period in the Extended Benefits program increasing the maximum potential entitlement for claimants from 13 weeks to 20 weeks. The requirements for SEB are the same as regular UI benefits. The SEB claim is like an additional or reopen claim.

Filing a Claim

New users can file a claim online (recommended) here. You can check the status of your claim here. The Georgia Department of Labor has two methods of payment available: Direct Deposit or Debit Card. If you have filed your own claim for unemployment, allow 5-7 days for the claim to be processed before attempting to claim weekly UI payments. You will receive an email confirming your claim and providing next steps for requesting your payment.

You must request a payment each Sunday thereafter to receive payments. You may do so by selecting Claim Weekly UI Benefits Payments on the GDOL Home page or calling the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System at 1.866.598.4164. You must claim at least one week of benefits for a decision to be made on your claim. You must report gross wages earned and any leave pay as earnings for each week claimed for benefits. Failure to report income could result in your having to repay any over payment benefits.

I am still working, but my employer reduced my hours. Can I receive benefits?

Individuals whose hours have been reduced are eligible to receive benefits if your gross earnings plus the earnings allowance does not exceed your weekly benefit amount. You are required to report your gross earnings for the hours worked each week (the amount of your pay before deductions). You must report any vacation pay, holiday pay, and/or earnings during the week in which it was earned, NOT the week it was paid. If your employer files a claim on your behalf, they are required to report your gross earnings,

All weekly earnings over $300.00 are deducted dollar for dollar from the benefit payment for week ending dates on or after 3/29/2020. The earnings allowance was $50.00 for week ending dates prior to 3/29/2020.

See additional FAQs from GA DOL around unemployment insurance claims and extra benefits related to COVID-19.

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65 thoughts on “Georgia (GA) Department of Labor – $600 FPUC and PUA for Extra Unemployment Insurance

  1. my employer did my initial unemployment and I have been receiving my regular unemployment benefits on my debit card. However, on my GDOL acct it says I have been paid the supplemental $600 on a debit card but I haven’t received any of that.

    Do you think they will retroactively pay the FPUC?

  2. I just got approved for pua.. My first claim is Sunday do I claim for the recent week .. how do I claim my back pay or do I automatically get it

  3. I’m also in Ga. Approved & deposits were made to my bank Bank of America a few days after applying for UI the end of June.
    Over $14,000 was deposits bit my account bon 7/10/20. Bank confirmed the seeing the deposits being _processing….. but never hit my account., Still TODAY 8/6/20.

    Bank gave a wild guess that it was returned to UI.
    However, doesn’t have a paper trail. They suggest I continue to call UI.

    My 1st 2 payments were put on a Way2Go card. However the other 30 deposits are missing or returned for possible incorrect routing number. But not likely because HOW employee help set the account up.

    I was told someone should have been in contact with me by now. Notifying me of any issues. I’ve tried constantly to contact UI. Thinking about going to the News. A Cali women did after waiting for $14k back pay & got it!

  4. I belated began submitting UI June 6 (should have started April 19). But i submitted all to the June 6 date, then weekly afterward. I have promptly received my Ohio and my federal payments like clockwork but ONLY from June 6 and beyond. Online thru My UI i can see that the other previous 6 weeks are “pending”. I cannot get through to human person to discuss. Get a busy signal every time i try. What can i do???? Has anyone been able to light a fire by contacting someone ELSE in government/other?

  5. My papers only say that I am getting149.00 my papers doesn’t say anything bout the 600.00 weekly..Am I gonna receive the 600

  6. I applied and was approved in June. I have been claiming for 4 weeks and received nothing. No back pay nothing. I claimed all the weeks I’ve check email and website. This is frustrating

    1. Same deal with me.. Im owed 9 weeks of payments. I can’t get into touch with anybody. :(

      1. Hello does your payment status say paid? Just asking because my payment reads payment date 7/16/2020 with backpay from April but I haven’t receive any back pay funds

        1. Hi James I’m in the same boat with you my payment status says paid direct deposit on 7/16/20 but still to this day I haven’t receive any of those funds

    2. Same her I got approved and I haven’t received a Single Payment, What Is going on waiting for over 1 Month now

    1. there is a spot on the same form you normally use, that allows you to put in the week ending date. You don’t HAVE to select the current week. fyi -i submitted mine 8 weeks ago – nothing other than it’s pending, and i have not been able to get thru to a human to find out more.

  7. 16 weeks my husband filed for unemployment… not one single payment and he was approved in April. Unemployment and PUA are only good to the people who need it IF THEY ACTUALLY GET IT!

    1. OMG that is horrendous. i thought 8 weeks was bad. Good luck. i am googling to find names of people i can email/call for help (government officials like Mayor, Governor, etc.)

  8. I have called and sent emails with no response. I applied and was approved in June of 2020 and have received nothing; yet I claim every week. Very frustrating when you do the right thing and there is no feedback.

  9. I was receiving weekly pua payments, June 10 was my last payment. I claim every week since and have received a payment. Why would it just end? I’m still eligible and they extended my weeks from 25 to 39, but I’m not getting payments anymore! Please help?

  10. I have been certifying for 23 weeks now after being approved for pua I have not received a single payment and the automated system says there’s no record of my certification but when I certify it says it has been received and will be processed. I have emailed over and over to Gdol and the commissioners office and can’t get any help! Any suggestions??

  11. Did select deposit or the government unemployment card W2go because it would be on your way2go card and you will have to call them guys..

  12. I live in Georgia, I was approved on 04/29/2020 and have not received any payment. I have claimed each week and the system says i’m approved, and I keep receiving letters stating “you are approved, our records show you have not claimed you weekly benefits” . This is a crock. I have emailed the DOJ, I have mailed them a certified letter, and I have contacted the DOJ commissioners office and still haven’t received any money. 16 weeks with no money is totally unacceptable!!!!

    1. This is strange. Have you check your email (spam) for any related emails from the GA DOL around the weekly certification/claiming of your benefits. Also confirm your payment details are correct.

    2. I heard ppl are applying on regular unemployment site when they should be applying on put site. I just received my eligibility letter July 29, I applied for each week dating back to march 14, hoping in 2-3 weeks to get lump sum check.

  13. call 4 a replacement card and they will snd it out 2 u that # is diffent from the unemployement # and they can also tell u where ur card is and the address they have 4 u

    1. if you haven’t ever received the card to start with and set up a pin you cant even get through the automated menu to request a new card.. The Rethugs in charge here in Ga should be in H@#L. .If you call DOL you just get auto message saying to leave your contact info and they will return your call. Right, I leave messages daily and after a month they still haven’t returned my calls. I’ve lived in both D & R led states and I can attest both parties aren’t the same !

      1. Hal, when do you call? I ask because i can’t get past a busy signal to LEAVE a message~!

  14. Can’t get help my 2 weeks were forwarded to my account on 7/7/2020 and I have not seen a dime of that money it’s not in my bank account nor on my Way2Go card and there is no one to talk to to help with anything to try to fix this issue of locating my unemployment money

    1. Hello is your payment status saying paid?Because my status says paid on 7/16/20 from April but nothing inside my account however I did switch to debit card and I receive 2 payments but not my backpay yet and it says it was paid 7/16


    1. You have to go in and certify for each week unfortunately this does not work for regular unemployment only for the PCU and other programs that I’m not in

    2. Yes go back in and file for the dates before your first payment all the way back to April4

    3. Just go and put in the back dates u want to claim all the way back as far as it will allow. Just certify one week at a time. It’s best to get a calander out and just run down the Saturday dates
      If it accepts the date u will be paid if not skip to next one. Lisa


  17. I receive my letter saying I was approved they sent me a card but no money was on it I’ve done 5 claims

    1. I have the same problem, except I was approved the first week in May and was sent a card and still havent recieved a payment. Claimed every week for 11 weeks now. This is unreal.

    2. Same here but they haven’t sent a card only letters saying how much all the card fees are !

  18. I am in Georgia I have received emails and letters thing that I get my $600 + $149 unemployment I was to have it put on one of the debit cards and I’ve neither not received my debit card at all and it’s been nearly two weeks what do I do now or how do I find out the status of the card

  19. I filed my pua claim Sunday before last which was 6/20 for that week and I didnt recieve a payment, I only received my payment for last Sunday which was 6/27, can anyone tell me what that problem might be?

  20. I live in Georgia and filed for PUA ON June 19th 2020. I received my first combined payment from the state PUA and federal PUA on June 22nd 2020 at 11pm at night. But now it’s been exactly one week and I haven’t received another payment nor have I received any back pay. I know that I certified for all weeks since my effective date as instructed, how ever just to make double sure I went back and tried to claim again and for each week I got the same error message that said PUA certification already exists for this week. I’m just worried and really upset because I’ve got bills piled to the roof and I have 2 baby girls and being approved for unemployment was a huge blessing and relief for my family . And now I’m not even sure of when I’ll be paid again and I’m just very worried

    1. I only received one payment also! I was approved on 03/15/2020. Talked to a lady today she said it will come but they are behind! I don’t understand how you get one week then nothing!

  21. I’m in Georgia, haven’t received payment for two weeks. Received it fine for over a month, then memorial day it was late 1 week now I haven’t gotten it in 2 weeks. Anyone else’s not coming in? I went back and tried to do it just in case it didn’t accept it and it says certification already exists

    1. i have received weekly on time since i filed June 6. that said, all the back pay i submitted – to April has not been processed.

  22. This is set up for 1099 workers not employees if your 1099 u can’t get it cause they turn away

  23. I applied for my unemployment 7 weeks ago I have confirmation number and email saying processed but no determination as of yet and no payment as of yet


  24. I received the FPUC ($600.00) the week it was distributed on 4/15/2020 for week ending 4/11/2020 but I have not received the retroactive $600.00 from week ending 4/4/2020.
    I went back to work full time in May so I did not file for unemployment for that week but was still due the FPUC $600.00 for the retroactive week of 4/4/2020 and did not receive it. When will I receive the back pay of week ending 4/4/2020 and will it be in a check form since I no longer have the go card?

  25. the company I was employed with was filing my claim and stop the company is not reopen so I receive letter from GDOL inform me how to claim every week to get my payment it came after three week, and now its been four week no payments so I counties claim every week lost my job and its hard trying to pay bills with 661.00 a month

  26. I’ve been approved and received a payment. I filed all my weeks for back(retroactive) payments and haven’t seen anything about them. Does anyone know if they’re running behind on those payments?

  27. My employer filed on my behalf on weeks ending 3/29… they stopped filing for me 4/16 && I have only recieved the fpuc twice && my regular ui claim three times. What do I do??? Someone please HELP!!!

  28. Hey. I need help. My payments of PUA/FPUC I got the $749 payment on 6/9/20. I was supposed to receive, I guess, a lump sum of $749 × 8 payments on 6/3/20 and never received them. Had all of them directed twords my Chime account. Though someone at first might’ve broken into my account somehow and redirected the payments but on second thought how could that be when I got the latest payment from 6/9/20 and just not the 8 payments in one from 6/3/20. If it was redirected then it would’ve all been redirected and not just the 8. Can someone PLEASE help me out with this. I have bills to pay and they keep on piling up on me.

  29. I applied for Pua.i got a letter saying that I was my claim is effective 03/08/20.I have only received 1 payment. For week ending 06/5/20 . And when I try to put in back dates for retroactive payment, this system is not taking it. I’m wondering if I’ll ever get my back payment.and when I call the unemployment office the line is busy from open yo close, I’m so frustrated.

  30. I’ve been approved since beginning of April but haven’t received any payment. I’ve called left message and emailed gdol. I never received a pin and my social security number says it needs to be matched with my account and to go to my career center. I went the office is closed

    1. Did you establish a pin at the beginning When you filed? I did and I got 1 payment so far. Also the pin allows you to file weekly claims, please go back and the site and see if they give you an option to reset your pin.

    2. Mr. Downs, I went through the same this for about two months. I continued to get a message that my social security number did not match their records. I finally got a hold of the operator after weeks of calling. The operator looked into the system and seen where the employment office had not even put my application into the system. After that call, about four days later I get another email saying I was approved. I continued to claim each week. About two weeks later I get a debit card in the mail even though i put in for direct deposit. I activated the debit card and only half of my funds were on there. Now i’m waiting to get the balance of my funds. I’ve sent emails and left messages so maybe eventually the remainder of all my fund will be loaded on my card. On the UI it says the remainder has been paid but it just has not shown on my debit card yet. I hoped this helped.

  31. I live in Georgia and I’ve been receiving unemployment along with the $600, during memorial day I received it two days later this week I haven’t received anything. What do I need to do?

    1. It is the same for me. 2 days late after Memorial day, and now on the second Friday following the holiday weekend: no payment. 2 weeks in a row. Hoping the situation changes.

    2. Same for me after memorial day .I haven’t received any payment this is the third week now .I don’t know what I’m going to do for the month of August I can’t sleep I’m stressed out a lot I guess .I would have to pack up and move with family .PUA own me for three weeks now.‍♀️

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