Connecticut Unemployment Requirements

In order to start your unemployment, CT unemployment requirements include the following:

1. You are totally unemployed. Depending on your vocation and industry, you may qualify for unemployment if you have had your hours reduced.
2. You have worked and earned a minimum amount of wages in work covered by unemployment tax during the past 18 months.
3. You have lost your job through no fault of your own. If you were laid-off you will qualify for unemployment. In most cases, if you were fired for cause - you will not be eligible to collect unemployment. If you were fired for cause, you SHOULD apply for unemployment anyway, just in case you are eligible to get it.
4. You are able and available for work. If you are unable to work because of disability or medical condition, you may not meet the Connecticut unemployment requirements, but you should apply anyway. If you are not eligible for unemployment, you may be eligible to collect disability benefits, and the case worker at the unemployment office will be able to direct you on how to apply for disability.
5. You are registered for work at your local Workforce Development Center. You must do this when you apply for unemployment, and every week when you certify your weekly claim.
6. You are actively seeking work. You must apply to a minimum of two jobs per week.

To continue receiving weekly unemployment benefits, CT unemployment requirements state that you must file a 'weekly claim' by doing the following:

1. Meet all of the CT unemployment requirements listed above.
2. Apply for at least two jobs each week.
3. Contact the Connecticut unemployment office to file your 'weekly claim'. You can do this via phone or on the internet.

Toll Free: 1-800-354-3305 Connecticut Department of Labor Office Connecticut Unemployment Website

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# Jim 2012-01-05 12:33
I am currently working full time and am collecting a pension from a previous employer. If I am laid off from my current job am I still eligible for unemployment compensation while collecting my pension?
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# Mysti 2012-12-20 12:09
I currently collect unemployment in ct, as my job had no hours for me,
However they called me to offer me a case for 40 hours in 10 days. The case is an hour away & therefore would be 24 hours of driving time vs. 40 hours of work, if I do not accept this ridiculous temp job offer, does it count as refusing work?
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# sparklee 2013-02-24 12:30
I have been collecting unemployment from my first employer I was there for over a year.That four quarters was used,now they want to see if previous employer is qualified to pay anything. They set a hearing because that employer appealedt.I worked for this employer for only 4 months and it was 2 years ago. (I thought they wouldnt even be involved..If anyone can give me a answer I would appreciate it very much.I't's bothering me.I have to wait until tomorow to talk to someone.Hearing is over an hour away and don't think this should even be an issue.Please give me your opinion Thanks so much Sparklee.
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# andre 2013-09-02 14:04
I have question i called the teleclaim center to put in my weekly claim yesterday and the system would not take my ss number i teyed on line and it saide sever error it may be my phone dial pad so i tryed my wifes phone this morning sep 2 mon and it let me threw but wouldndt let me claim my weeklt continued benifits all it said was my pin was excepted but iam not autherized to claim on this system and that i need to sppek to a cistomer service rep ?
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