Connecticut Unemployment Application
Updated : April 1st, 2020
To file for Unemployment Insurance, you must complete a new claim. A claim should be filed with the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) either through the TeleBenefits Line or via Web Site as soon as you are separated from employment. A claim for benefits starts with the Sunday of the week in which you call in your claim. You may file your new claim via the TeleBenefits Line Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or via the Web Site from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Your Social Security number
- Your driver’s license or motor vehicle ID card number
- Your complete mailing address, including street, city, state, and zip code
- A telephone number where you can be contacted during business hours
- If you are not a U.S. Citizen, your Alien Registration card number
- The full company names and addresses of all employers that you worked for in the last 18 months, including employers located in another state
- The Employer Registration number or Federal Employer Identification Number of your most recent employer
- If you were a federal employee, copies of forms SF8 and SF50, if you had federal employment within the last 18 months
- If you are a service member, your copy of your most recent separation form DD 214, if you are an ex-service member claiming benefits based on your military service
File by Phone
Access by phone is usually limited on Monday and Tuesdays based on the last digit of your Social Security Number. (Monday access to those ending in 0-4; Tuesday access to those ending in 0-7; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday access to those ending in 0-9).
You can call the CT Unemployment Phone Number: Toll Free: 1-800-354-3305 to file your initial or new claim. (This number is only for the towns: Kent, North Thompson, Salisbury, Sharon, Stafford Springs, Westport, or Wilton exchange.
The Unemployment Benefits On-Line System runs most effectively on Internet Explorer 6.0 and above.
When creating your account, it is imperative that you remember the answers to your security questions. You will not be able to recover your User ID or password without them. The answers must be entered just as they are created including any punctuation, spacing or abbreviations you may use. Failure to enter the answers exactly as they are created may result in the inability to retrieve your User ID or password.
Once you create an account, you will also have the opportunity to select your payment method.
All employers are lawfully required to provide a form UC-61 “Unemployment Notice”, commonly known as a “pink slip” and an attached packet “Application for Unemployment Benefits,” whenever a worker becomes unemployed for any reason. Do not delay filing your claim if your employer has not or will not issue you such a notice.