How to Apply and Receive Connecticut Unemployment

If you lose your job, are laid off, or your hours are cut, you may not know where to turn or how to feel. Even though it may seem hopeless and scary at first, you should immediately apply for unemployment! This will ensure that any benefits you are eligible for will be released as quickly as possible. You are eligible for receiving unemployment benefits if you are totally or partially unemployed, looking for new employment, the reason for your job separation must be acceptable to the state of Connecticut, and have made enough money in the last 12 months for Connecticut to consider you eligible. People who can't work due to a physical or mental impairment that is chronic and expected to be long-term or permanent may also be eligible if they are available for part-time work as well.

To start the process, call the Connecticut Department of Labor to file your claim. The application for unemployment is filed over the phone, and your claim for benefits begins with the Sunday of the week in which you make your first claim. You can also file online, but filing online is reserved for people who are completely jobless only. To complete your unemployment application, you will need to provide information such as your social security number, your work history for the past 18 months (including dates you started and quit and each employers name, address and phone number), your cumulative income from each employer, and your full address and phone number.

 It is best to have all of this information documented while you complete your unemployment application to get through it quicker and easier. Make sure all of the information is accurate and complete, because any discrepancies or information that was knowingly withheld could bring about severe legal penalties.

Once you have established a claim, you will have to call in once a week to continue to file claims in order to receive unemployment. How much your benefits will be depends on how much you worked in the last 12 months. The state also provides an online job bank, which could help potential employees match up with employers. Having your hours cut or losing a job can be devastating, but due to programs like unemployment insurance, such a life event doesn't have to stop you in your tracks.

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