Connecticut unemployment benefits are an important support system for workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. These benefits are managed by the Connecticut Department of Labor, and offer temporary financial assistance to workers as they look for new employment.
There are specific requirements you must meet to qualify for these benefits, and the amount of money you are eligible for depends on how much you earned in your previous jobs.
Connecticut UI Benefits Calculator
The Connecticut Unemployment Benefits Calculator helps you estimate your UI weekly benefits amount.
To qualify for Connecticut UI benefits, you must meet the state’s eligibility requirements. This means:
Earning enough income during your base period
Being either completely or partially unemployed
Having an acceptable separation from your previous job
Being physically and mentally capable of working
Actively searching for employment
Filing a claim for benefits every week
Providing any requested documentation, such as proof of your job search efforts, and participating in assessment interviews, orientations, or reemployment services.
Registering with CTHires employment services system
Connecticut law states that a worker must have earned at least 40 times their weekly benefit amount during their base period in order to be eligible for benefits. This means that if someone is eligible for $350 per week, they must have earned a minimum of $14,000 during their base period.
Your base period is used to calculate how much money you’ll receive each week for unemployment benefits. The amount of money you earned during this period determines the weekly benefit amount you’ll receive.
The base period consists of the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you don’t meet the requirements during the regular base period, there is an alternate base period option. This alternate base period includes the four calendar quarters right before you filed your initial claim for benefits.
There are three tasks you need to complete each week to stay eligible to continue receiving benefits.
Search for work
Complete a weekly claim certification
If you fail to search for work or report your earnings, it can make you ineligible for future benefits. Additionally, if you don’t complete the weekly claim certification, you won’t receive payment for that particular week.
The state has recently transitioned to a new unemployment system, so even if you’ve applied for unemployment assistance in the past, you will more than likely need to create a new account.
When applying for benefits, you will need to provide:
Your Social Security number
18 months of employment history
Alien registration number (if applicable)
Separation forms if you worked for the military or federal government
How to file weekly claims
You can also file your weekly claims using the ReEmployCT system. Simply visit the ReEmployCT portal and enter the username and password you created when you first filed. Then, click the “Weekly Certification” button.
Once you’ve completed the process of applying for unemployment benefits, it’s essential to stay well-organized and meet all the requirements of the program in order to continue being eligible. Neglecting to follow these regulations may result in being disqualified from receiving unemployment insurance.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
If you receive unemployment benefits in Connecticut, you must fulfill the requirements set by the state employment law to remain eligible. When you apply for these benefits, you are required to be truthful and provide accurate details about your salary and employment background. Engaging in dishonesty or providing false information to obtain or increase your benefit amount is considered unemployment fraud.
When you receive more benefits than you’re eligible for, it is called an overpayment. This can happen if you make a mistake on your application or if the department makes an error in calculating your benefits. If you find yourself in this situation, you will need to pay back the extra amount you received to the state.
Extended Benefits are typically offered when the unemployment rate reaches a certain threshold. The programs provide additional support to those who have exhausted their regular benefits.
There are currently no Extended Benefits programs available in Connecticut. UI claimants are eligible for up to 26 weeks of regular benefits.
Job training assistance
The CT Department of Labor provides many different programs and services to help unemployed workers find new jobs.
Can I file for unemployment benefits if I am sick or on vacation?
If you’re too sick to work or taking time off for a vacation, you might not meet the requirements to apply for unemployment benefits. Generally, to be eligible for these benefits, you need to be physically able and ready to work. Being unable to work due to illness or being on vacation can impact your eligibility to receive benefits.
Do I have to pay federal taxes on my unemployment benefits?
Yes, the unemployment compensation you receive will be fully taxed by the Internal Revenue Service and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.
You have the option to have taxes automatically withheld for federal and Connecticut income taxes. The IRS will automatically withhold 10% of your weekly benefit payment for federal taxes, while Connecticut law mandates a state withholding rate of 3%.
What is the maximum benefit amount I can receive?
In Connecticut, the highest amount you can receive in unemployment benefits is $703 per week. However, the state does offer a dependence allowance of $15 per dependent per week, up to a maximum of $75. If you have five dependents, this can adjust the maximum benefit to $778.
How do I end my unemployment claim after I get a full-time job?
Once you secure a full-time job, there is no need to inform the CT Department of Labor that you have found employment. Instead, you should stop submitting weekly claims when you start your new job, even if you won’t receive payment for a week or more. If you begin your new job during the week, be sure to report your earnings on your weekly claim.
Can I file for unemployment benefits in another state while living in Connecticut?
According to federal law, you are not allowed to apply for benefits in more than one state. However, if you have earned wages in other states, you can file a combined wage claim. This may increase the amount of money you receive every week, making sure you get the full amount you are eligible to receive.