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.
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:
- 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
- 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