Georgia Pays Out Over $7.5 Billion in State and Federal Unemployment Benefits

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced recently that they have paid more than $7.5 billion in state and federal unemployment benefits to claimants across the state over the course of 15 weeks.

Georgians impacted by COVID-19 to receive energy assistance

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that is designed to assist low-income, elderly and disabled Georgians with energy costs through direct payments made directly to home energy suppliers. 

Kemp Declares State of Emergency, Authorizes 1,000 Troops to Atlanta

"This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city," Kemp said Monday afternoon.

‘Peace in the Streets’ Vigil Planned After Violent Weekend in Atlanta

“Atlanta -- like many urban centers in our nation -- has become a powder keg -- and is facing a leadership crisis. It’s facing a leadership crisis because our leaders have become more beholden to the power structure than to the under-served, drowning out their cries, drowning out their concerns," a coalition of pastors said Monday morning.

New Broadband Availability Map Shows 1 Million+ Georgians Without Reliable Internet Access

The new tool will bring more transparency about the internet marketplace and clarify which Georgia households do not have access to high-speed internet.

Kemp Extends COVID-19 Executive Orders Thru August 11

Governor Brian P. Kemp signed two executive orders Monday extending the Public Health State of Emergency and the existing COVID-19 safety measures.

USDA Sending $12.5 Million to Georgia for Rural Broadband

The $12.5 million will connect 7,348 people, 121 farms, 15 businesses, four fire stations, and one elementary school to high-speed broadband internet.

GDOL Launches New Tutorials Drafted to Help with Common Claim Issues

In addition to the tutorials, the GDOL has identified several common mistakes made during the claim filing process and when requesting weekly payments.

Georgia Processed More Claims in 14 Weeks Than in the Past 7 Years

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced this weeek they have processed over 2.7 million regular UI initial claims in the past 14 weeks, more than the last seven years combined. 

Georgia Unemployment Rate Drops in May

"We have to remember that the recent unemployment was not caused by an economic catalyst, but instead by a medical emergency. Those jobs are still out there for the most part," Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.