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Connecticut Unemployment Benefit Questions

How much will I get?

The Unemployment Division look at wages for a 12-month period that is called the Base Period. The time is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which you initiated the claim. To determine if a person has sufficient wage credits, the law requires that he or she must have total base period earnings that equals or exceeds 40 times the Weekly Benefit Rate. Normally, the maximum number of weeks of regular benefits payable is 26.

How will my part-time job affect my benefits?

If you are working part-time, your Weekly Benefit Rate will be reduced by an amount equal to two-thirds (2/3) of your gross wages for that week, rounded to the nearest dollar.

To be eligible for this payment the law provides that:

  • you must be employed less than full-time; the number of hours you are working during the week is less than the number of hours customarily considered to be full-time for that job and/or employer
  • you must be able to work and available for work as defined by law
  • you did not refuse additional hours

I’m moving. What can I do about my Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

If you move out of Connecticut, you may carry on filing for Unemployment Compensation Benefits from out of state. This is called an Interstate claim. Connecticut will still be the paying state so you must continue to meet all Connecticut eligibility requirements. The toll-free number for the Interstate Claims Unit is 1-800-942-6653.

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Questions & Answers

  1. Elaine Lyons says:

    I filed my first claim last Sunday, 12/31/17 and tried to file last night and the system wouldn’t let me file. Can you please help me. Thank you.

  2. Rachel says:

    I was recently let go from a contracting position. I was on contract for nearly 2 years. My contractor told me I was eligible for U.C. . My claim is currently on hold pending employment separation verification. This is going into my second week. How long does this typically take?

  3. Joel Lasher says:

    I applied for unemployment compensation online shortly after my employment was terminated on 10/25/17. The only communication I received from the Labor Dept. dated 1/26/17, which was a Monetary Determination of Unemployment Compensation Benefits form. When and how may I expect to receive my first compensation check? I prefer it be directly deposited into my checking account, but was not presented with any distribution option.

    • Sam says:


      If the determination is positive, you should start receiving payments anytime now. Make sure to file weekly claims on the internet or by phone. For additional info, please call the Claims Center.

  4. Johnny says:

    Hello, I am currently collecting unemployment benefits in CT right now. I live in NY and am starting my own business soon, sole propietorship. When starting my business and answering my weekly questions, will this affect my benefits even if I am making no money, or even at a loss from collecting a loan from someone?

  5. michael baldassario says:

    how munch is my check each week

    • Sam says:

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access your claim. Please call the Claims Center to find out the amount.

  6. Mike says:

    If I have worked 1 quarter am I eligible for unemployment

  7. craig jordan says:

    I have been receiving a weekly benefit since going back to work part time but last week payment was not issued for the week of 2/11. I filed just as I have from in the past. A message came up that I reported going back to work but it was no different that the past and it is only part time. need to contact someone?

  8. Helen says:

    Ive exhausted my benfits..Are there any extensions for the program now?

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  9. Paula J. Flaherty says:

    I took a partial distribution from my 401k plan, which I indicated on my ongoing claim. My benefit is being held because the information needs to be verified. they tell me to call the telebenefit line, but it has been hanging up on me since yesterday.
    Is there any way to do this online????

    • Martin says:

      Well, I guess this needs a verification call by a representative. Please check for alternate numbers or consider visiting the nearest Unemployment Office for an update.

  10. Kenneth Milley says:

    I have wage earnings from CT and NH over the past 12 months.
    I reside in CT and pay CT state taxes, however, my job has me supervising in New Hamosire and Massachusetts areas.
    Where would I file for unemployment benefits?
    How would my benefits be calculated?!

  11. richard sack says:

    when does the unemployment time – 99 weeks – take affect

  12. Carol cosham says:

    If I am laid off from my 30 hour a week job can I collect unemployment if I am collecting social security

  13. karen sindoni says:

    I was rushed to the care of my son who is very ill and I forgot to call my unemployment in on sunday, what should I do?

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