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GA unemployment: no more (paper) checks

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ATLANTA (AP) - Paper checks will soon be a thing of the past for recipients of Georgia unemployment benefits.
    
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the Georgia Department of Labor is ending paper checks this week. Starting Friday, recipients will have to choose between direct deposit into their checking accounts or a debit card with a Mastercard logo.
    
Department spokesman Sam Hall says the switch represents a more customer friendly, secure way for recipients to get their benefits. He says it's also more efficient and a great cost saver.
    
About a third of the 118,000 Georgians who get the benefits still get paper checks. The department estimates it costs $19,000 a week to print and mail those checks. That's almost $1 million a year.
  

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