Fri., March 30, 2012 12:49am
Georgia lawmakers voted Thursday to cut state jobless benefits. The savings would go toward re-paying $700 million borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment reserves. The bill means people could collect benefits for up to 20 weeks, down from 26 weeks.
Wed., March 14, 2012 3:12pm
Georgia’s labor commissioner wants lawmakers to okay jobless benefit changes. The plan would help re-pay $700 million the state borrowed to cover unemployment reserves. But the measure appears stalled in the House.
Fri., February 24, 2012 4:20pm
Georgians who lose their jobs next year could see fewer unemployment checks under a bill passed by the state Senate. Supporters say it will help re-pay $700 million Georgia borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment reserves.
Thu., December 29, 2011 5:00pm
Jobless Georgians could see smaller unemployment checks next year. Cutting back benefits would be part of the state’s plan to re-pay $700 million it borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment reserves. A look at the difficult road ahead for state leaders and the unemployed.
Thu., December 1, 2011 4:10pm
A new bill would require unemployed Georgians to volunteer at non-profit organizations or risk losing jobless benefits. But that likely violates federal law.
Fri., October 21, 2011 4:07pm
Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is proposing cuts in some unemployment benefits next year. That would allow the state to repay a $700 million federal loan it took out to keep the unemployment trust fund afloat. Critics say the state should instead ask employers to contribute.
Tue., July 5, 2011 4:58pm
Georgia is cracking down on unemployment fraud. Nationwide, it's a problem that tallies up a bill worth $17 billion annually. Federal labor officials say a big chunk of that fraud comes from people who drew benefits checks even after finding a new job. And some other workers never eligible to get checks - got payments.
Fri., April 15, 2011 12:38am
State lawmakers at the 11th hour agreed to a small change to state unemployment law. It will allow 22,000 Georgians to receive an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits.
Fri., March 25, 2011 11:44am
State officials are trying to figure out how to meet Georgia's unemployment insurance obligations. Officials say the fund is running out of money, and more than 191,000 Georgians received unemployment insurance payments last week. The state owes the federal government more than $600 million dollars.
Thu., February 17, 2011 8:56am
Laid-off workers filing for unemployment benefits rose by more than 18 percent in January over the month before. 89,659 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in January, an increase of 14,024, or 18.5 percent, from 75,635 in December. But, there was a decline of 5,605, or 5.9 percent, from 95,264 claims filed in January 2010.