Connecticut UnemploymentUpdated May 12, 2021 Unemployment
Connecticut Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Connecticut’s unemployment benefits program provides temporary income for Connecticut’s unemployed workers – both partially and fully unemployed. This unemployment assistance provides a bridge while the worker looks for new jobs, participates in approved training, or waits to be recalled from a layoff.
All funding for Connecticut’s unemployment insurance compensation comes from taxes paid by Connecticut businesses. Workers at no point pay any costs associated with Connecticut’s jobless benefits program.
Connecticut Unemployment Services
|Apply Online||File a Claim|
|Weekly Certification||File a Weekly Claim|
|Appeal a Denial||Request a Hearing|
|Find a Local Office||Office Directory|
|Report Fraud||Anonymous Reporting|
Am I Eligible for Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut?
Individual determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. Typically, a Connecticut resident can be considered eligible for UI benefits if the following criteria are met:
- The claimant has earned sufficient wages during the base period for review, as defined by Connecticut law
- The claimant has separated from employment through no fault of his or her own
- The claimant is physically and mentally able to work
- The claimant is available for work as defined by Connecticut law
- The claimant is registered with the American Job Center
- The claimant is actively seeking new employment
Benefit Payments and Duration
|Base Period||First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters|
|Alt Base Period||Last 4 completed quarters|
|Duration of Benefits||Weekly Payment||Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)|
Applying for Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut
You should file an initial claim application for UI benefits with the Connecticut Department of Labor as soon as you become unemployed. The easiest way to do so is through the CT Direct Benefits website.
You will need to set up an online account using a valid email address. Once you’ve created your account, you can use it to check the status of your claim and file your weekly benefits certification.
Managing Your Unemployment Benefits
Connecticut unemployment compensation is paid on a weekly basis. You must submit eligibility certification each week while you receive payments. You can certify online using the same account you set up for your initial claim.
Throughout the certification process, you must answer a series of questions about your job-search activities for the week, and report any income or offers of employment.
If you need assistance with submitting your weekly certification, please visit your local American Job Center.
Filing an Appeal
If your initial claim for unemployment benefits is denied, you will receive official notice. The letter will provide details explaining the decision. If you disagree with the decision, you may request an appeal.
You must submit a request for appeal in writing within 21 calendar days from the postmarked date on your decision letter. You may file an appeal through any of the following methods:
- Mail or fax your appeal to any full-service American Job Center.
- Submit your request for appeal online.
- Submit your request for appeal in person at any full-service American Job Center.
Unemployment is a serious crime and is taken very seriously by the state of Connecticut. Unemployment fraud dilutes the integrity of the UI benefits program and potentially keeps benefits out of the hands of those who need them the most.
If you suspect that someone is collecting UI benefits by providing false information, please report as much information as you can with the state of Connecticut’s online reporting form.
In addition to submitting the form online, you may also mail or fax it to the contact information listed below:
Connecticut Department of Labor
Benefit Payment Control Unit
200 Folly Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Connecticut Unemployment Office Locations
|Hartford CT American Jobs Center||3580 Main Street|
Hartford, CT 06120
|Unemployment Office - Manchester||893 Main St|
Manchester, CT 06040
|Unemployment Office - Meriden||87 West Main Street|
Meriden, CT 06451
|Unemployment Office - Middletown||272 South Main Street|
Middletown, CT 06457
|Unemployment Office - New Britain||260-270 Lafayette Street|
New Britain, CT 06053
|Unemployment Office - New Haven||560 Ella T Grasso Blvd #3|
New Haven, CT 06519
|Unemployment Office - Stamford||141 Franklin Street|
2nd Floor Suite 211
Stamford, CT 06901
|Unemployment Office-Torrington||59 Field St.|
Torrington, CT 06790
|Unemployment Office - Montville||601 Norwich New London Trnpk #1|
Uncasville, CT 06382
|Unemployment Office - Waterbury||249 Thomaston Avenue|
Waterbury, CT 06702
|Unemployment Office - East||1320 Main Street|
Willimantic, CT 06226