Some Georgia unemployed may get additional benefits

Thousands of long-term unemployed workers in Georgia who have exhausted their jobless benefits may be  eligible for additional emergency unemployment.

The Georgia Department of Labor said that it is notifying by mail about 13,000 workers in the state to tell them they may be able to claim  benefits under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier 4 program.

The program provides extended benefits for individuals who have exhausted the first three tiers of emergency unemployment and are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance. Each tier of emergency unemployment provides additional weeks of unemployment benefits. Tier 4 provides up to 10 more weeks.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federally funded program that was created in 2008 and has been modified several times. This year, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 extended the expiration date of the program to January 2, 2013.

Georgia workers are once again eligible for benefits under the program because the state’s average unemployment rate rose above 9.0 percent for the June, July and August period. Federal law mandates that a state have a three-month seasonally adjusted unemployment average over 9.0 percent to qualify.

Unemployment in Georgia was 9.0 in June, 9.2 in July, and 9.2 in August.

The three-month unemployment average in Georgia for the March, April and May period was below 9.0 percent. It was 9.0 percent in March, but 8.9 percent in April and in May, so payments under the program were stopped.

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MANGLER

October 9th, 2012
2:54 pm

Call me crazy (but not Republican please), if you’ve exhausted 99 weeks of unemployment and have actually been looking, what the hell is the Government supposed to do with (for) you? A few months I understand – you live in a place and don’t want to uproot due to a mortgage or kids in school or medical reasons, etc. If after 90 days of a true job hunt you cannot find employment, you need to search abroad. The unemployment would be much more effectively used if it went to pay to move a family on occasion to where they can actually find work. At least then it went someplace productive for the family whereas now there’s 109 weeks spent and then what? Tier 5?

no clue

October 9th, 2012
3:19 pm

Mangler…move where?????? you’re not even talking about $5,000. Most ppl wouldn’t be able to uproot there lives in that time. In addition, there are mortgages and all kinds of other things being impacted here. The purpose here is to just help tie over an individual until they find employment.

YOUR AN IDIOT

October 9th, 2012
4:23 pm

Mangler = Super Idiot! Just where do you suppose these people move to? Detroit?!?!? Come on… just where are enough jobs to relocate them… then when they do move, who is going to occupy the vacant home on both sides of me? I’d prefer not to be a sitting target for thieves and vagrants that decide to move in because you had this SUPER idea to move the family next to me to somewhere else so they can go to work for McDonalds there!

Spouse Unemployed

October 9th, 2012
4:24 pm

Seriously Mangler! My spouse has been unemployed since May 2010 and cannot get a job, even at McDonalds. No one wants to employ an old white man. I have a good job with benefits so we are barely making it with our 3 kids. We cannot afford to uproot for a job elsewhere. He has looked and nothing that he is eligible for would make us enough money to risk my job too.

Mission Impossible

October 9th, 2012
4:39 pm

The key is employers want a person that is 20 years old with 20 years experience who has been doing the requested job as recently as yesterday, then you’re the ideal candidate.

Tag

October 9th, 2012
4:42 pm

Unemployment should last a lifetime.
How did America ever get by for 200 plus years without unemployment that lasted for years.

Needabailout,too!

October 9th, 2012
4:43 pm

Mangler obviously has never been unemployed. Thank-You State of Georgia for the compassion.

jaxon

October 9th, 2012
4:46 pm

I think Mangler is talking about taking the family to China and working in a shoe factory. The more kids you have the more money you can bring home.

This is how it is

October 9th, 2012
4:48 pm

I find it hard to believe zero jobs out there for people to find… I work in an office so I can say this… An unemployed office worker can surely get a job with a lawn care service they are just too scared to get their hands dirty or break a sweat… People think they are too good for the jobs out there… This is how it is signing off..

Mary

October 9th, 2012
4:49 pm

A job would be better. I have applied to hundreds of jobs, even retail. I got one interview with Macys-who waitlisted me.
Where are the jobs?
I am about ready to give up.

bruce

October 9th, 2012
4:50 pm

your an idiot
I wouldn’t be calling anyone that when you don’t know the difference between your and you’re. Talk about a moron!

just me

October 9th, 2012
4:52 pm

I’m in my 30s and have been paying income taxes for almost 20 years. No matter if these people continue to collect or not, the US GOVERNMENT is still going to take money out of my check each and every week. This didn’t start when the economy collapsed and this won’t stop when the economy recovers. I am not upset with people FINALLY benefiting from what we citizens have been paying into for years and years and years.

God bless ‘em and I hope I can get the same if I find myself out of work.

chest fever

October 9th, 2012
5:00 pm

Age discrimination is real – it’s just hard to prove.

just me

October 9th, 2012
5:01 pm

at This is how it is….

I’m not sure why you think you working in an office qualifies you to make that statement, but you might want to ask yourself why a lawn service firm would want to hire someone that has spent the last several years working in an office. Wouldn’t a lawn service firm prefer someone with professional experience in lawn care? You’re a fool.

Stuart

October 9th, 2012
5:05 pm

I am one of the people who got a letter on the fourth-tier. It will be good if I do qualify because I had to close my 401K to pay bills, rent and recently doctor appointments & medications. This will help me but it will be a bandaid until I am no longer part of the nine percent.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
5:07 pm

@Mangler – Fourth Tier is only for those who have exhausted the first 26 weeks, then 1,2 and 3rd tiers. That’s only 73 weeks, not 99. The full 99 weeks was stopped at 79 weeks by The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

What jobs?

October 9th, 2012
5:08 pm

I hope all you people knocking the unemployed get to stand in our shoes one day. We have no medical, no cash, mortgages to pay, mouths to feed. Try to support your family on unemployment while you spend what little cash you have, looking for a non existent job. Companies and people in this country practice discrimination against older workers.

MANGLER

October 9th, 2012
5:10 pm

Hello again :) The attacks on me weren’t as bad as I feared.
I know it can be tough and at times seemingly impossible to find employment in a particular area. I’ve gone through layoffs, downsizing, outsourcing, and company closures myself over the past 5 years. I had mortgages to keep up as well. But there came a point when I just couldn’t keep in 2009/10 what seemed natural to get in 2005/6. Many sleepless nights while watching the savings disappear and the credit dropping trying to hold on to a house in a certain city which, in the end, was less important than food on the table.
If you’ve made it 99 weeks with no prospects – I feel terrible for you, I truly do. But there are jobs somewhere for everyone – yes, there are. There are more unfilled job openings in the US than there are unemployed residents. They just might not be in your current city, might require that you take some classes to get up to par, may not pay what you used to make, may be considered beneath your station or education level, and yes I’m sure there are some HR people who are biased against the long term unemployed (but the administration recently passed laws making that illegal). But those are all excuses when it boils down to it.
I seem a little hard lined on this subject because I’ve moved several times, several time zones, several new beginnings. No, it wasn’t easy, but neither was being unemployed. Once the 99 then 109 weeks is gone, then what? I would prefer that the “system” be set up to focus directly on assisting in retraining or relocating as part of the benefit and not simply asking “are you looking for work?”

Billie

October 9th, 2012
5:13 pm

Mangler, I wasn’t going to post a comment on your asininity until I read your latest and now I AM mad. I moved out of my home in Milledgeville and rented it, trying to save it, after my position was eliminated, and moved 100 miles away to Atlanta to try to find work. Now I am doing babysitting and other low-wage work because I no longer occupy the home and therefore am not eligible for a loan modification. You suffered a little? BFD: With your kind of arrogant attitude, your suffering ain’t over yet. Have a nice day!

My Two Cents

October 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

Unless you have walked in someone’s shoes don’t throw stones. There are plenty of hardworking people who
cannot find jobs. They have emptied their savings, 401Ks, and some have been fortunate to have families
who have helped them out. I am glad there is another window available for people that might be the stepping stone to a different situation. The hardcore unemployed need this assistance. I am glad the GA. Dept. of Labor is providing a way for them to receive additional benefits.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
5:16 pm

@ Mangler – Here’s the break down for you, Unemployment 26 weeks, 1st Tier Extension – 20 weeks, 2nd Tier extension – 14 weeks, 3rd Tier extension – 13 weeks, 4th Tier extension – 6 weeks.SEB or State Extended Benefits added 20 weeks. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Changed this. The SEB was canceled, no more 20 weeks, so no more 99 total weeks and the Tiers changed and percentages changed. Read more and have a little compassion or you may be next on learning these facts first-hand.

JedClampit

October 9th, 2012
5:16 pm

Folks, its bad out here. Was unemployed since 2010, found a job part-time and many of my co-workers have had zero luck. Yes age discrimination is real, many people over 40 find it very tough. Employers do not like to hire the unemployed, they will not come out and say it but once they ask several times about why you are unemployed then you will get the message. You may want to volunteer but this is hard because of the expense of travel. I will continue to keep those in my prayers because its bad. 7.8% official unemployment rate is absolutely false.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
5:19 pm

@Mangler – and by the way, Unemployment for most is around $300 or less and possibly taxed. Try paying your bills and mortgage and rent and food on that. It ain’t easy so go easy on people.

fed up

October 9th, 2012
5:20 pm

Silly question here, but why are these people not just added to welfare instead of continuing to receive unemployment handouts. There is absolutely no incentive for them to look for employment. Of course thanks to the current administration’s anti-business policies, there is no reason for employers to add people to their staff.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
5:24 pm

@Mangler – Just to add a little more, it’s not as easy as you say to find a job even in different time zones. Most employers will not hire over the age of 50, even our Veterans are being overlooked. Between 3 of my friends, all in the computer industry with massive tech skills, we have applied to over 500 positions. Not one interview, 2 phone calls and 498 rejection letters/emails. And that’s Worldwide looking. So please think before you type.

Howard G.

October 9th, 2012
5:25 pm

I am one of the long term unemployed, I have been out of a decent paying job since February 2010. Sure I drew my unemployment and its exhuasted and its very hard to find any job out there. I have submitted application after application with resumes. I very seldom get called in for a job interview, for that matter I wonder how many applications are received before they just stop accepting them unknown to the unemployed who is looking. The other thing is job discrimincation is very real, I am 46 years old. I have the experience, I have the knowledge, however I am not the young person I once was. I gave it all to corporate America for the gold watch and all I got was screwed in the end. Something must be done to help the long term unemployed. Even jobs that are menial labor that many supposedly won’t take they won’t even give me the chance. I am willing to work at any job as long as it provides for my family and myself.

JedClampit

October 9th, 2012
5:26 pm

Fan, unemployment benefits (sic) are taxed, 10% federal and 5% state. Benefits depend on your prior income level, I received a whole $330 week.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
5:28 pm

@JedClampit – Thanks, I know but it’s optional, I chose the whole amount, no taxes. At least til the end of the year,lol.:)

lno one will hire over 50

October 9th, 2012
5:30 pm

Mangler put a sock in and a LID on it.

alphadog

October 9th, 2012
5:30 pm

You all realize that unemployment benefit payments end up in the hands of grocery stores, utility companies, landlords, mortgage companies, doctors and others that the jobless have to pay to survive while looking for work.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
5:34 pm

@Howard G. – I hear ya. I’ve helped several find work, some in their career path, others like you say more menial tasks. Best advice I can say is bombard the Internet job sites, I start with state then city and Snag-a-job, then monster jobs.com, then Home Depot, Universities or Colleges, the County or City government then schools. A lot of schools looking for custodians or clerical or food service. Also a lot of companies looking for part time work at Toy-R-Us or Kohls and other Christmas season type jobs

Pete

October 9th, 2012
5:39 pm

JedClampit, your Unemp tax % rates are incorrect. There is no fixed %; the $ is just added to whatever other earned income you had and taxed at the appropriate rate. For example if you had 6 months Unemp income of $8,580 (26 weeks @ $330/.week) and thats all the income you had, there would be no tax. But if you had $30,000 income from a job you lost and added the $8,580 to it, now there would be some tax to pay, depending on family size, deductions, etc. There is no way to tell the % rate until you do your taxes at year end, Fed and State.

Mary

October 9th, 2012
5:47 pm

Some jobs posted online are fake. I applied to an admin job on careerbuilder and later got an email from careerbuilder warning that that the position was fake.

Tracey

October 9th, 2012
5:47 pm

If they bring back the jobs from over seas then maybe the tier 1,2,3 or 4 wouldn’t be nessary. BRING BACK THE JOBS !!!!!! It don’t make sense to create jobs when they will send them over seas too…… BRING BACK THE JOBS !!!!! and all of this will be resolved. DAMN!

What jobs?

October 9th, 2012
5:53 pm

I’m not so sure that job creation is going to benefit older workers.

JedClampit

October 9th, 2012
5:56 pm

I did the same Fan, but got the royal IRS treatment during income tax time if you know what I mean. I had to use my 401K and really got it in my pockets.

Pete you are wrong and I know because I was on unemployment from Sept 2010 until May 2012. The dept of labor allows you to choose to have the taxes taken out, 10% Federal and I believe 5% state. You may still have to pay during income tax time but I know what I am talking about because I lived it. My rate maybe wrong but if I did allow the taxes the $330 wk would have been @$270 week. You want proof, call the Ga DOL, I know !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because I LIVED IT BUDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fan

October 9th, 2012
5:58 pm

@Mary – I agree. I stick to the secure job sites for local or state governments, colleges or universities and especially the local schools. Good jobs and benefits at most of these, (except for the over 50 category, sad to say) but you never know.

native atlantan

October 9th, 2012
6:02 pm

Do you folks want 4 more years of this misery. A change has to be made in the White House. The govt cant keep printing money to keep passing it around to all the folks in need. Starting to receive social security at 62 is a bad idea, but thats what some folks are having to do, and it will effect them the rest of their lives also. Of course folks get discouraged and quit looking for work, and anyone that believes the govt claims of 7.8% unemployment also believes in the Easter Bunny, tooth fairy and Santa Claus.

Pete

October 9th, 2012
6:05 pm

JedC I lived it also. Youre confusing the witholding % with the actual % paid at year end. In other words, you are not forced to have any withheld; I collected the full $330 weekly because I chose to not have any $ withheld. Again in my previous example if your only income was $8580 Unemp. and you chose to have 10% withheld, when you filed your taxes in April you would get all of the witholding back, for an effective rate of 0%. In other words if you and I both had 10% withheld, at year end our other income (if any) would determine the rate that we actually paid, as opposed to what was actually withheld. The actual % paid (not withheld) is different for everyone, unless of course 2 people had identical income, deductions, etc.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
6:10 pm

@native atlantan – I was wondering when the subject would come up and I agree, I don’t want 4 more years of this. Also, not just the WH, we need to replace some Senators and House of Reps too. Agree about the % of unemployment, it’s flat out wrong! The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, passed by Congress and signed by you know who, did not help. What it actually did was make the % numbers look better before the election by dropping people off Unemployment help, these people are still unemployed, their just not being helped or counted in the % numbers.

R

October 9th, 2012
6:14 pm

Here’s a thought for fun.

Unemployment is actually a tax paid by a worker on each paycheck. Yes the BUSINESS actually pays the state fee as part of its “cost”, but those are funds that would otherwise be available to pay the worker a wee bit more. Also to qualify at one point originally, you had to meet criteria as NOT every single person without a job qualifies for a claim.

So you work 25 – 30 years contributing into the kitty and then you get laid off due to No Fault of your own. (Trust me; businesses fight each claim tooth and nail to reduce their OWN insurance costs going forward)

So is it really a handout or is it a RETURN of your paid FEES? GA claims to now be in a pickle, but was it due to the leaders’ mismanagement at the time or misuse of the collected funds?
Sorta like the use of collected fuel taxes in the GENERAL state fund…

That’s an issue for another debate.

reluctant domestic goddess

October 9th, 2012
6:20 pm

JedClampet – I chose to get the full amount and I get $302.
I’ve worked 4 decades and thought I was safe. I had all the benefits so we didn’t worry when my husband’s company closed and it took several months for him to get re-employed. He did find a job 75+ miles away. Even with my lack of job it doesn’t make sense to move closer to his new job. Home is paid off; property value dropped more than 70% in 5 years,sick/elderly family to see after,family/friends/church/other support groups here, etc…..I’m still looking, but even with experience and flexibility it’s hard to compete in the market. (Age discrimiation at it’s finest.) At this point, forget the past supervisory positions – I’d take one of those “mommy hours” jobs at fast food just to get insurance again.

POPEYE

October 9th, 2012
6:23 pm

What did people do years ago before UI benefits? How did they survive in the cities? What was the social practices of that era? There’s too much game-playing in the workplace and in hiring practices. We also need to be more self-sufficient. The government needs to foster self-reliance in those who what to start businesses or expand businesses instead of taxing these people out of a business, or preventing them from creating jobs. And with the political climate, its even more difficult to start a business, or expand a business. There are many ways to step outside the box in order to support one’s self. Depending on others is a waste of time and energy.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
6:25 pm

@reluctant domestic goddess – I hear ya. Here’s an idea, maybe for the single unemployed, we can help each other. I’m looking for a sugar-mama to be a domestic goddess. lol :)

Fan

October 9th, 2012
6:28 pm

@POPEYE – agreed. Redistribution, aka Socialism, has NEVER worked. We need to stop taxing our corporations who make products so they will bring manufacturing back to the U.S. And don’t forget, if re-elected, obama plans to help the U.N. have a new tax on Americans. Watch out people.

gdfo

October 9th, 2012
6:33 pm

Some of us have been unemployeed for a while. I have. Many of us over aged 60 who have found it massively difficult to find work. That is a fact. Many younger workers and younger managers do not want to deal with someone who has years of work experience. Plus an older worker makes the overall cost of benefits more expensive.

What I find interesting is the Timing of this announcement.

I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I look at circumstances and issues and vote accordingly. There is no one political party in force now that has all the answers.

Why Tier 4 now?, and where was it when I needed it?

Why does it really cost so much for a Doctors visit or buying a new pair of glasses? Think about it.

Fan

October 9th, 2012
6:42 pm

@gdfo – the 4 Tiers have been around for awhile, at least several years or more. It wasn’t until the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 passed in Feb.2012 that the extensions started getting canceled or delayed.

AGE DISCRIMINATION

October 9th, 2012
6:43 pm

I have a friend who is just tops – she can do anything – wonderful background. Through no fault of her own, the company she worked for had a massive layoff. She has applied everywhere – to no avail. She had a great interview with a H. R. at a local hospital and it went great. They promised to call her within 2 days for the final round of interviews with the Director over this open position. They asked her to go on line and complete an application and the last page of the hospital’s application asked for date of birth!! She never heard from them again – yet has A+ credit, references, etc. THERE IS AGE DISCRIMINATION OUT THERE!! This woman could work “circles” around any 20-40 year old and then some!!

Shaye

October 9th, 2012
6:48 pm

I was laid off in 2008 and didn’t receive a permanent full-time job until this summer. For the first year of unemployment, I was only called for one interview and didn’t get the job. After not getting any hits on my resume, I started attending job networking events, career fairs, hiring events at the GA Department of Labor had my resume critiqued by professionals, etc, but no offers. The only job I could get were short-term or temporary positions, namely at Alorica, and the hourly rate depended on the assignment.

I had one really promising interview in December of last year, the salary was great, I had all of the qualifications, was called for a second interview with the team managers after being interviewed by the departmental managers, and thought I had it nailed, only to be told that they weren’t extending me an offer because I hadn’t done the job in 3 1/2 years, the amount of time I was unemployed,although I had over 10 years of experience doing the work, and the position only required someone with 5 years of experience! (Primerica Life is now the devil in my eyes) Now granted, during that time, I also obtained my MBA & got my professional license, but that was apparently irrelevant. Now I work for a company making $20K less per year doing the same type of job that I used to have other people doing for me in my old position, but at least its a job.

I never thought I would end up exhausting my unemployment benefits but I did. I was laid off back in 1997 but times were so much different the second time around. The first time I was laid off, I got a temp job before I left their office to fill out an application before I left to take a permanent position 5 months later. This time, I only got a call back from one temp company, for an assignment that lasted one month last year, and after that, they didn’t have anything else for me (although I did a great job on the assignment). I had applied with every major temp agency in Atlanta and when I would call regarding assignments, they would say they would have someone call me, which never happened.

It was definitely a financial struggle. My husband and I took money out of our 401K’s, liquidated stock portfolios & savings, cut out all non-essential spending, got rid of cable & long distance, and I started selling my magazine collection to try to tide us over. We also tried to modify our mortgage twice but got screwed over by Chase who only reduced our mortgage payments by $91 per month and then right after we made the 3rd trial payment, increased it again by another $60 to account for escrows and insurance!

I say reinstate the 4th tier. Believe me, nobody is getting rich from receiving these unemployment benefits. Most people are barely scraping by but these benefits are definitely better than nothing at all.

older1

October 9th, 2012
6:50 pm

I applied to pick cotton ,they said no thanks we have a machine for that.What about onions, no thanks you speak english. what about my old job at the mill, they said your are over 60 that’s why we shoved you out, don’t call us we’ll call you.