Senate OK's Unemployment Changes

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has voted to expand
unemployment benefits, allowing the state to qualify for hundreds
of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money.

The bill approved Monday allows some jobless workers to qualify
for additional unemployment benefits if they seek training in
high-demand fields. It also permits part-time workers to collect
benefits even if they seek part-time work. Current law holds that
the jobless must seek full-time work to collect benefits.

The changes will help Georgia collect some $226 million in
stimulus money.

The bill also gives some workers stuck on the unemployment rolls
the ability to collect another 13 weeks of benefits, for a total of
39 weeks. The stimulus dollars will pay the tab of $300 million.

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