Connecticut Unemployment Benefits
Are you physically able to work?
Are you willing to actively look for a job?
Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?
Did you earn at least $600 in the base period in Connecticut?
Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jan 2012 - Mar 2012 to Oct 2012 - Dec 2012
How did you lose your job?
Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?
Were you fired for no fault of your own?
Were you laid off for no fault of your own?
Applying online is the easiest and fastest way to claim benefits. Check for more specific details such as timings and requirements to claim benefits in your state.
CALL: (203) 859-3200(8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday); Other Numbers : TTY/TDD - (203) 859-3313
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What is the Eligibility Criteria in Connecticut?
There are some basic rules for eligibility. Even if you meet some of these rules partially, you should still apply for unemployment because state offices make a reasonable attempt to process your claim, as long as you provide a good justification.
To learn more check unemployment eligibility article
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.Claim your benefits
How to File Your Initial Claim in Connecticut?
If You Are Not a United States Citizen
You must give verification that you were legally eligible to work in your state and that you are presently eligible to begin a new job.
How to File Your Weekly Claim?
After you file your application for unemployment benefits, you must start filing your weekly claims. You require filing each week, even though you are:
You can file your weekly claim:
File every week that you want to claim benefits and keep on filing until you go back to work, run out of benefits or stop seeking work. You should claim at least one week before we can make a decision on your eligibility.
How to Claim for an Extension?
If you are presently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits; carry on filing your weekly claim if you are jobless or working reduced hours. You will be informed by mail of your eligibility for the added benefits.
In case you have been filing weekly claims and are still laid off or working reduced hours, you will have to file an application for these extra benefits online or by telephone. You will be alerted by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.
To be eligible for EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits you must:
To be eligible for EB benefits you must:
Connecticut Unemployment Questions
What is new about applying for unemployment benefits?
Applying for unemployment benefits is now done over the phone. Connecticut is just one of many states using technology to provide a more convenient and efficient system for filing unemployment claims.
Why is this change being made?
The computerized system provides added consistency and efficiency. By streamlining the process, Department of Labor employees can now focus more on providing employment services, including job postings and information, job search workshops, career counseling, and wage and business trends. This provides people with better opportunities to get back to work more quickly.
What is the name of this new system?
The computerized system is known as the 'Dial to File' TeleBenefits program. Two types of unemployment claims will be filed using this system:
Once the system is phased in, both initial and continued unemployment claims will be taken over the phone. Callers dialing a local telephone number will be connected to an automated system. To establish a claim, callers will be required to answer a series of questions using either the phone keypad or speaking their answers into the phone. After responding to a series of questions, the caller is connected to a Dial to File' TeleBenefits customer service representative who assists the caller in completing the claim. Representatives are also available to assist callers having difficulty responding to automated-system questions.
When will the new program begin?
The 'Dial to File' system will be phased in throughout the state, beginning June 25, with complete phase-in to conclude in August. If an area is not yet using the new system, callers will be instructed by operators to visit the Department of Labor at any of the One-Stop Career Centers. The first areas to adopt the 'Dial to File' program will be Danielson, Willimantic, Norwich, New London, Danbury, and Ansonia. The second phase will cover the Waterbury, Hamden, Enfield, Hartford and Torrington areas. The final phase will include the Bridgeport, Stamford, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain and Bristol areas.
How will I know which number to call?
Individuals should receive a separation packet from their employer that lists the local phone numbers to call. Individuals who do not receive a separation packet can find the list of numbers on DOL's Web site at www.ctdol.state.ct.us or call their local Department of Labor office listed in the blue pages of the phone book.
What is a separation packet?
The separation packet known as the (UC-62T/UC-61) is a comprehensive guide to filing for unemployment benefits under the new program. The packet includes the UC-61 Separation Notice, also known as the "pink slip," to be completed by the employer. In addition to local DOL numbers, this packet provides the questions that will be asked by the 'Dial to File' TeleBenefits automated system, along with the list of information a caller will need to have handy when filing a claim.
What if I don't receive a separation packet?
Although callers do not need a separation packet to call the 'Dial to File' TeleBenefits system, the packet will help speed up the claim process considerably since callers will know in advance what questions will be asked, and what type of information they will need to provide.
When should a person call to apply for unemployment benefits?
Your claim is effective at the beginning of the week in which you call. A claim should be filed as soon as your job ends. If your social security number ends in 0 or 1, you may call any day of the week. If it ends in 2,3,4 or 5, you can call Tuesday through Friday. Any number may call Wednesday through Friday. On a week with a Monday holiday, 0,1or 2 may call on Tuesday. Any number may call Wednesday through Friday. TeleBenefits for Initial Claims operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What if a caller is unable to use the phone due to a disability?
Deaf or hearing-impaired callers may reach the 'Dial to File' TeleBenefits system by calling 1-800-842-9710. Individuals with disabilities or barriers preventing them from using the telephone to file a claim can also visit the closest Department of Labor office at the address provided in the blue pages of the telephone book. All offices are accessible to people with disabilities.
How Benefits are calculated?
To calculate your weekly benefits amount click here
The minimum benefits amount in Connecticut is $15.
The maximum benefits amount in Connecticut is $573
A "base period" is four consecutive calendar quarters that fall within the 18 month period before establishing a new benefit year.
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