If you've recently lost your job in Connecticut, you may be eligible for Connecticut Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Connecticut unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.
Filing for Unemployment:
Many unemployed Connecticut workers can file for unemployment benefits online – Check here to see if you meet requirements to use Connecticut's online system. Otherwise you can file for unemployment over the phone using TeleBenefits or 1-888-CTWORKS – local numbers and hours are listed on Connecticut's Department of Labor Site.
File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the beginning of the week you file, based on the date you filed online or called. Benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.
You'll need the following to process your Connecticut Unemployment Application:
- If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type
- Name/address/phone and employment dates of all employers for the last 2 years
- The separation packet or notice issued by your employer
- If you were discharged from the military in the last 2 years, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
- If you were a Federal employee in the last 2 years, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50
- Birthday of children you plan to list as dependents
Upon your termination, your employer should present you with a UC-62T separation package, listing instructions for unemployment filing. While this packet gives helpful information, there's nothing magic inside. If you employer is mailing the UC-62T, don't wait to receive it to file – file as soon as possible anyway.
Filing Your Weekly Claim:
Connecticut unemployment benefits are 1/26 of the average total wages paid during the 2 highest of your base period (first four of past 5 quarters you last worked). For more information about your base period, see question six here.
In addition, you can file for up to 5 dependents at $15 per week for each dependent.
File weekly for continued unemployment benefits, by phone or online. You should receive your unemployment benefits by check within 10 days of weekly filing.
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You can find information on insurance benefits, training, and other services available to unemployed Connecticut workers at http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/bussrvce/rrt-infopacket.htm.
Connecticut makes career services available on its site at http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/gendocs/JobSeekers.htm.
Filing for extensions:
Just before your initial unemployment benefits have been completely utilized, the Connecticut DOL will mail applications for any state or federal extensions available.
When you find full time employment and begin work, call the TeleBenefits line with the following information:
- Date you started work
- Name & address of employer
- If work is self employment
- Wages earned if start day of week was other than Monday
If your unemployment benefits check has not been received after 10 days from filing your weekly claim, call the TeleBenefits line. See more frequently asked questions on the Connecticut Department of Labor's website.
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