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    Georgia unemployment benefits get 13 weeks shorter

    July 3, 2012

    ATLANTA -- Georgians qualifying for unemployment benefits after Saturday will be eligible for 13 fewer weeks of checks, with the new maximum of 54 weeks, down from 67, the Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

    One factor chopping seven weeks from the benefits is a change in state law shrinking the state's base payment period to 14-20 weeks, depending on the unemployment rate. The current rate sets the period at 19 weeks, a decline from 26 weeks.

    The rate's improvement over the last three months triggered the second factor that trimmed another six weeks from the federal period of emergency benefits. That means that new applicants not only have a shortened base period but also the federal benefit.

    Congress granted the emergency benefits to states in 2008 as long as their unemployment rate was 9 percent or higher for three months. Georgia's dropped below that level in May, and it has remained at 8.9 percent since.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:13:35 PM PST

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