Connecticut Unemployment

You can receive unemployment benefits in Connecticut if you meet a series of legal eligibility requirements:

  • You must be monetarily eligible.
  • You must be totally or partially unemployed.
  • You must have an approvable job separation; the law imposes a disqualification for certain types of separations.

You must meet certain weekly legal requirements which include:

  • being physically and mentally able to work,
  • being available for and seeking work*,
  • and filing your weekly claim for benefits on a timely basis.

Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment   Click this link to find out: Am I Eligible To Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Have Your Benefits Run Out?   Click this link to find out how to get an unemployment extension: Unemployment Extension

Have A Specific Question?   Click this get answers to all of your Connecticut unemployment questions:  Connecticut Unemployment FAQ

If you are identified as likely to exhaust unemployment benefits and are enrolled in the worker profiling and reemployment services program, you must fully participate in all assessment interviews, orientation, and referred reemployment services.

*Generally, an individual must be available for and seeking full-time work. Under certain conditions, a person who has a disability may be able to limit his or her availability for work to part time only. A claimant can qualify for unemployment compensation by:

  1. providing documentation from a licensed physician which establishes that
    • he or she has a physical or mental impairment that is chronic or expected to be long-term or permanent, and
    • the impairment leaves him or her unable to work full-time, and
  2. demonstrating that the impairment does not effectively remove him or her from the labor force.

How do I file for unemployment benefits?

You may use the online system if you

  • are totally unemployed at this time
  • had only one employer in the last six(6) months;
  • are a U.S. citizen, or a non-citizen with a valid Alien Registration Number

You may not use the online system if you: 

  • are a construction worker without a valid NCCI code.
  • worked in, or filed a claim against, a state other than Connecticut in the last 18 months;
  • are receiving a pension, other than social security benefits;
  • served in the U.S. Military in the last 18 months;
  • worked for the Federal Government in the last 18 months;
  • are part of a temporary or vacation shutdown and returning to work within 6 weeks;
  • are participating in the Shared Work Program;
  • live outside the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Unemployment Office Contact Information

Connecticut Department of Labor

200 Folly Brook Boulevard

Wethersfield, CT 06109

Phone:            (860) 263-6000


Still Have Questions? 

Click this get answers to all of your Connecticut unemployment questions:  Connecticut Unemployment FAQ

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# Summer T. 2010-08-20 10:12
Are there specific requirements to collect unemployment if coming off of active duty military status other than having a DD214?
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# gloria v. 2010-08-21 09:27
can i collect if im going on unpaid pregnancy leave for two to three months. i dont want to go on welfare and would like to know some other options. ive been working at same place for over three years.
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# gloria v. 2010-08-21 09:30
i would like to know if i can collect unemployment if im on unpaid pregnancy leave for two to three months. i do not want to go on welfare and would like to know if i have any other options.
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# Site Admin 2010-08-23 10:47
Gloria V.,

Unless you get laid-off from your job you will not qualify for unemployment benefits while on un-paid maternity leave.

If you search Google for 'pregnancy unemployment' or similar terms there are sites that instruct you on how to file for unemployment while out on maternity leave, but I do not suggest that you follow their instructions - because they essentially tell you to lie on your weekly certification. In order to qualify for unemployment, one of the requirements is that you have to be able to work. Another requirement is that you have to be actively seeking work.

Now, those are the official rules from the Connecticut Unemployment website, but... Whenever you are unsure of whether you qualify for unemployment - I always suggest that you go ahead and apply. What can it hurt? As long as you are honest on the application, it can't hurt to apply.

You should also look into FMLA which stands for Federal Medical Leave Act, also known as the Family Medical Leave Act - which will protect you from losing your job while on maternity leave.

I know there are other resources available to expecting and new mothers on maternity leave - but I will have to research them and post them here later.

Good luck, and congratulations !

Site Admin
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# victor a. 2010-08-23 08:50
can i collect unemployment if i am self employed. i have been self employed for over 20 years,but the last 3 years have been very slow.
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# Site Admin 2010-08-23 11:04

From my reading of the Connecticut unemployment website, which states:

In order to be eligible to file for Unemployment Compensation Benefits, you must be totally or partially unemployed. If you are separated from employment or are employed or self-employed during any week on less than a full-time basis, you may file a claim. If you are working less than full-time, the amount of unemployment benefits that can be paid depends on your gross earnings for each week. A week is defined as a calendar week which begins Sunday and ends Saturday.

You should be able to collect unemployment benefits.

The real test may be whether you paid into the unemployment system, because in most states the unemployment program is an employer paid system.

Site Admin
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# Gloria 2010-09-01 18:28
I am using CT unemployment benefits and planning to go out of US for few weeks. During out of US can I apply for weekly claim.
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# Lisa 2010-09-10 07:32
If you are a full-time W-2 employee and you only made $1000 this year and $10,000 last year due to mental health issues, can you qualify for unemployment compensation? The unemployment paperwork filled out says Discharge/Suspension. Previous years income was much higher.
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# michael 2010-09-18 12:00
how do i get copies of all my earnings of unemployment from november of 08 to december of 09
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# mary 2010-09-24 18:47
I moved from CT to NJ. Can I switch from CT unemployment to NJ employment?
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# Frank 2010-10-13 07:16
My spouse's bank merged with another one... worked there for years. The merging bank has no job and has not offered one.
Would this person be eligible for unemployment? What are the requirements in this situation? Thank you.
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# chad 2010-10-27 16:44
I am an employer with a construction co. I have employees that collect partial unemployment benefits during weeks when there isn't 40 hrs of work, this is fine. My question is if I have an employee that I need to suspend for disciplinary reasons how can I make sure that employee doesn't collect benefits for the suspension time. Is there a rule in place for this or are they allowed to collect. If they are allowed to collect for that time it basically makes the suspension meaningless.
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# octavya 2010-11-10 20:25
i have a temporary/part time-seasonal job but im considering leavin my 2nd job that ive been at for a year and two months. i was wondering if i can collect unemployment from that job even though i have another job but the thing is im getting 30+ hours at this new job but im not sure how long im going to be there. so i was just trying to figure things out before i leave/get fired.
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# Krystal 2010-11-14 15:05
I was let go from my job about 10 months ago. I was not aware that I could have filed for unemployment. I was told that it might still be possible to file for unemployment even though all this time has passed. I still have not been able to find another job. I was wondering what my options would be at this point?

Thank you.
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# Maria 2010-11-16 13:47
I am self employed working as a sub contractor. I have not worked since the beginning of the year while actively looking for a job. I have not yet filed unemployment for hopes that I would find something. I am also trying to over come a drug addiction and am participating in a methadone program. What are my options? Thank you.
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# Maria 2010-11-16 15:23
I am self employed and currently have not worked since the end of last year. I have been trying to find jobs but have been unsuccessful. I am also a recovering drug addict and currently undergoing methadone treatment. What are my options?
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# Chuck 2011-01-01 12:07
I was transferred from CT to NY. I am making money in NY and having only NY witholding. My wife gets CT unemployment, until she finds a job here. Will I have to pay CT income tax on ALL my income if she get CT unemployment? Or will the tax only be on the amount she earns in CT?
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# Dave S 2011-01-06 15:43
My initial 26 weeks of regular unemployment ran out in Dec.2010, just prior to congress passing the extension of the EUC. I was placed on EB and remain on EB at this time. The DOL website states that EUC must preclude EB, yet I remain on EB. Will I be transfered to EUC in the near futre or stay on EB? If I remain on EB and don't find employment what happens when when EB runs out? Do I lose out on EUC?
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# Edward 2011-01-12 16:57
how do i sign up for the paperless unemployment plan?
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# Gloria 2011-01-16 20:03
I am trying to sign-up for Direct Deposit on your web site, however I continue to get; "Website unavailable." What should I do?
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# L.Perry 2011-01-24 12:48
Nobody is helping me get your system to work so I can get direct deposit. When I fill out the information, it won't send. My pin number keeps getting dropped out even though I'm putting the correct pin in. I've talked to a couple of your employees but they tell me they cn't help me and get angry. I've already sent information to the labor dept. that I probably shouldn't have. People have been telling me what to do but NONE of it has worked.
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# Linda 2011-01-29 15:40
I am currently collecting UI benefits from California but am wanting to move to Connecticut (am originally from there). Will I continue to receive my CA UI payments after I return to Conn or do I have to apply for UI in Conn (do I even qualify to receive UI benefits in Conn?)?
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# Linda 2011-01-29 15:46
I'm collecting UI in CA but want to return to Conn to live. Will I have to apply for Conn UI, or will my CA UI payments follow me to Conn?
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# Mike 2011-01-31 12:46
I will be out of town for the majority of Feb. However I do have a job which will be starting in April. I understand that i wont be in the area to accept another job if it comes, but i do have a job starting soon. I just want to know if i can collect while out of town. Thanks
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# claudio p 2011-03-26 14:32
I am self employed and I am off for two months due to winter,Is there any way I can collect
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# Giovanna 2011-03-27 19:42
How many weeks of unemployment are available in Connecticut?
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# RS 2011-05-06 13:31
Hi, I worked in CT most of my life. I was laid off in 2010 and started claiming UI from Ct state. Then I got a temp job in NY state for few weeks. After exhausting my regular UI benefits from CT state, I was asked to go to NY state to continue to claim UI. NY state first denied (saying I do not meet their requirements to claim UI) but later on agreed by a letter, I recently found.
Now I have received a letter from CT state claiming that since I was eligible to file for UI in NY state I got to pay them the UI benefits I received from CT state for the last 4 months. What should I do, someone please help.

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# JZ 2011-05-18 09:15
I was laid off in early 2010. Since then, I've been diligently searching for employment. I even keep a spreadsheet of all the positions I've applied for, the networking I do, contacts I make, etc. I get lots of hits for jobs out of the state and would require my family & I to relocate. This is not feasible as my husband works for the State of CT and has for the past 20 years. He has no plans to leave. So I'm stuck trying to find employment in Hartford which is not one of the most competitive job markets there is. And I'm an HR Manager by profession! I know how to conduct a proper job search, how to network, etc. I've had plenty of initial interviews but always seem to be outdone by someone else with more education and many more years of experience than me.

For example, the last position I interviewed for, I was beat out by a woman who was the former President of a local HR organization, she teaches HR courses at a college AND she has 15 years experience more than me. I would never have thought that at my level which is lower level management, that I'd be competing with people who have graduate degrees and 20+ yrs experience. These are people who were Directors or above at other companies and are now accepting lower level mgmt jobs. But when you think about it, in this recession, even the best and brightest have been laid off too. And they're having to apply for employment at a level much lower than they're accustomed to in order to find work. Which means the rest of us are also having to look below our levels to find work. It's very discouraging.

What I am also finding is that employers seem to be discriminating against hiring people who have been laid off. Even though the fact that we're in a recession is well publicized, there are many unethical and ignorant recruiters/HR screeners who, when they realize they're looking at a resume of someone who's been laid off, they shove that person to the bottom of the pile. Why is it that so many HR folks prefer to hire only those currently employed?? Being laid off has NOTHING to do with poor performance in many instances! Many were laid off simply because their employer had to cut costs to remain profitable. Period. Are there others experiencing the same discrimination out there??
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# Anna 2011-06-02 11:58
I just started driving for a school bus co. I only been working there for 3 months ,before that been out of work for 5 months (waitressing),w ill I still be able to collect for the summer ?
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# Tanya Levesque 2011-07-17 06:24
I've filed, haven't received any check yet, but was told to go online to continued claim to answer questions..Can't seem to get on that page. Please help,. Thanks.
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# shawn 2011-08-23 08:54
If i get laid off and am unemployed for a month or so and then i find a job, can i collect benefits for the time i was out of work even if i have not received a check?
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# cheryl 2011-10-25 23:45
If a ct school bus driver is collecting unemployment during the summer with intentions to continue employment at a bus co when school begins, but then decides to move to another state, can they continue to collect unemployment during the entire year?
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# Jean Gee 2012-01-04 21:41
I have a part time job at walmart and everybody keeps telling me to stay stay stay even though its Sat and Sun nites from 5 til 10 and this is not what i requested AT ALL nor can i save money for a car or my own apt. as i am trying to leave my boyfriend and start over. I need money and to do something different but people keep telling me to stay at the walmart i am working in central CT even though i have NY drivers license. I can wait til they lay me off and then collect. are these people for real - would they wait and wait and wait while your life falls apart. Mine has fallen apart enough and not only that but another friend of mine says you need a CT license to get benefits. Tomorrow is payday and i just want to go in and resign . The first month was fine for the holidays and some pocket cash but now its only 10 hrs a week am i suppose todo anything with this stupid schedule. In fact, i feel that they are trying to get rid a few people anyway. AND the hiring manager really doesn't care what you put down for availability anyway. I don't know what to believe.
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# Josh 2012-01-08 19:28
I am a service technician for an irrigation company in CT. I work from Mid March to late November every year. I basically get laid off due to lack of work exactly as the law states, but I also know I have a guaranteed job every year.

I have recently received a letter saying that I am required to go to a 3 hour 'Enhance Re-Employment Session." Just wondering what I should do in this situation.

Thank you for your help.
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# sue 2012-01-19 18:21
i was fired on october 25 2011
i had my phone hearing on november 7
my employer did not respond to phone calls
my claim was in my favor since i was fired for talking to much it was said that was not a reason for firing
i recveid a letter on december 28 about the employer apealing the desion. . i thought that that the time peroid for appealing was 21 days that is what a friend said.

during the first hearing for appeal it was postponed my new hearing is next week. my question is my employer brought up multiple reasons why i was fired, but the day in question i was only giving one reason. he has statements and complaints from customers and employees, but that was never discused. i have read our rule book and it states that i must first recive a verbal warning then a written warning then termination, i recevied none of those. i did not do anything on list that would require on spot termination .
can my employer bring up new reasons into question other than why he fired me.

we were discusing money missing over the weekend which would not concern me since i do not work the weekend. then i became concerned and i started to tell him to check his cameras then out of no where he said your fired
i was like why he said" you talk to much." then walk way

now he has all this stuff that i had no knowledege of can he do that without imforming me of the issues first
thanks any help would be great.
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# Laura 2012-04-30 12:48
I have an employee who works in CT and resides in PA. His job is being eliminated due to lack of work. We have been paying into CT for his unemployment. What form should I provide him to apply for unemployment - CT? PA? Is there a special form for out-of state residents? Thanks
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# debby 2012-05-31 16:51
If you have a seasonal job lasting 4 1/2 months are you able to collect unemployment benefits? The job was providing energy assistance to needy people/families. Please let me know. Thank you.
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# Mika 2012-08-01 20:34
My husband had a full time job that ended in December. He took a different part time job after that, and worked for a month before his grandmother got sick. He quit that job to take care of her until she died. When he filed, his claim was reduced by $329 because he quit the part time job. Does he have grounds for appeal? She was not his parent, but she was his primary caregiver growing up. Also, it seems like they're overestimating the lost income from the part time job. He only made about $300 in the month that he worked. How was the deduction calculated (they say it's 2/3 of what he would have earned at the part time job, but he did not earn nearly that much while he worked there.)
Thank you.
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# Diane 2012-10-28 22:24
My year is up collecting unemployment
I tried filing online and it said I was unauthorized to use this site
I don't know if there is another extension or not.

Please help!!!!

Thank you
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# ashley 2013-02-05 04:56
After collecting for almost a year and stopping I just got a letter staring I should have never gotten unemployment in the first place and have to pay it all back. I haven't filled for taxes yet and there's no interest on my unemployment can they take my tax return?
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