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Connecticut Unemployment Benefit Questions

Updated : June 19th, 2019

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.

Got more questions? Visit Q&A Benefit Questions section.

  1. I receive a pension from a different company than the one I was laid off from. Will benefit be affected/lessened by my monthly pension?

    Also, do I worked in NY but live in CT…the weekly benefit is higher in CT. Can I file in CT or must I file in NY.
    Thank you!

    1. Jan,

      The pension amount will have a monetary impact on the weekly benefit amount. With reference to your second question, you should be filing from the state where your previous employment was based.

  2. I was advised by text to file a claim on Sunday however when I file and respond to the questions- I cannot submit
    my claim is still under the review period

  3. I opened a claim on 3/8/19 and received my first week of unemployment benefits which was for the week ending 2/23/19. I did not realize that I also needed to file another claim that same week for the week ending 3/2/19. I am not even sure if I could’ve filed those two claims so close together. Now when I attempted to file a continued claim, I am unable as there is a message that I did not file for the previous week. Looks like I missed the filing dates for the weeks ending 3/2/19 and 3/9/19. How can I remedy this so that going forward I am back on track? Please help!

    1. Linda,

      If you don’t claim for the week within the stipulated window, you might not be able to apply retrospectively. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  4. I was laid off a week ago and I filed for unemployment the next day. I received a letter that week and an email stating I should file a continued claim, when I try to do so it states that I did not file for the previous week. Help!

  5. Good Morning, I am currently receiving social security and working. One of my jobs is seasonal and stopped sometime in Dec. Another part-time that I am currently working will be ending soon as the company is closing it’s doors soon. Will I be able to collect unemployment for either of these 2 jobs. The seasonal one hasn’t started back up yet, and I was unaware that I would have been able to collect UI. Thanking you in advance. Have a great day.

    1. Rosemary,

      Part-time/Seasonal workers do not generally qualify since employers’ don’t remit Unemployment Taxes into the system. Please check with your employer/contact the unemployment office.

  6. Hello, I was recently separated from my job. I accidentally mailed my claim instead of faxing. It will still get there before the due date. Will this delay my claim? And also, how long after the approval will I start receiving benefits?

  7. I went into treatment for alcohol this year. I’ve worked at the company for 2 years and have averaged 8 hrs./wk overtime on top of my 40 hrs. I’m a member of a union and have never been written up for any violation of company policy and have never used on the job. Can I collect ? Thanks

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

    1. Joel,

      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.

  11. 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?

    1. 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.

  12. 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?

    1. 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.

  13. 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????

    1. 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.

  14. 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?!

    1. You should be looking at filing from the state where your employment is based. Check out the Unemployment Benefits Calculator to calculate the benefits. Further details can be found on the Labor Department’s official website.

  15. 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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