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Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut

ct-unemployment-office1The Connecticut Department of Labor provides unemployment benefits to eligible candidates and allows them to file the claim online. The eligibility criteria, mode of filing and related information are given below.

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Eligibility for Claim

The applicant should be a US citizen or a foreigner with a valid Alien Registration Number. The claimant should be totally unemployed while making the claim. The person should have worked under one employer only for six months prior to the date of filing the claim. A construction worker without a valid NCCI code is not permitted to file an online claim. Others who are ineligible are those who have worked in other states during the previous 18 months, those who are receiving a pension or social security benefits or who have served in the US Military or Federal Government during the past 18 months. Also those who have lost jobs due to temporary vacation shutdown and will be returning to work within 6 weeks or who are participating in a Shared Work program are not eligible. People live outside United States Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands also cannot file a claim for unemployment.

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How to File a Claim

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The State of Connecticut has a website to file claims for unemployment benefits which is free of charge. The website is www.ctdol.state.ct.us. When on the home page of that website, click on ‘Unemployment Benefits’ and then click on ‘Filing for Unemployment on the Web.’ On the next page, click on ‘File New Claim’ which will open the claim form. It is important to fill it out properly and carefully and file as directed. Under average circumstances, the eligibility for the benefit commences from the Sunday immediately preceding the day on which the claim was filed, however with higher claim volumes, the wait could be longer. This does not mean, however that you will lose any weeks of eligibility because of longer wait times.

$20,000

Amount of Money You will Receive.

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The weekly eligibility is calculated on the basis of the wages drawn during the first four quarters of the 5 quarters immediately prior to the quarter in which the claim is filed. These 4 quarters are called the Base Period. Out of these, the average wage is taken from the two quarters in which the wages were the highest That figure is then divided by 26 (equivalent to two pay periods a month) and is rounded to the nearest dollar. The resultant figure becomes the weekly benefit rate. To be eligible for this, the person should have earned at least 40 times this amount in the base period., however no matter how much money you earn the maximum weekly benefit rate is $519. Effective from January 3, 2003, for those who cannot establish the monetary eligibility using the above method, can take the 4 quarters immediately preceding the quarter in which claim is filed as the base period. Construction workers for have National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) have a different method of calculation. It is based on the highest wage in any of the four quarters in the base period instead of the average of two. A claim is effective for one year but the maximum amount that can be drawn is 26 times the weekly benefit rate.

Dependency allowance is also paid at the rate of $15 per person. Children under 18, student child under 21, mentally or physically handicapped child of any age and unemployed or unemployable spouse are the persons for whom the dependency allowance is given.

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