Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut

Jobcase Team
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Welcome to the Jobcase resource center for unemployment in Connecticut. If you are here, you are probably trying to figure out your unemployment benefits to keep you afloat during this challenging time. Applying for unemployment benefits can be complicated, so we put together these resources to help you navigate.

What is it called?

The Connecticut Department of Labor runs the states Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.


The only way to file a claim is online. You can file online 24/7 by heading to this website

  • If you have not filed a UI claim in CT in the past, you will need to "File or Reopen an Unemployment Claim"

  • If you have filed in the past, you can start with "File Your Weekly Claim"

  • Once your initial claim is filed, you will need to file your weekly claim each week

Coronavirus Update: Please be sure to answer YES to the first question – "Are you able and available and actively seeking full time work?" Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioner has waived the requirement to look for work. If you answer no, your benefits will be stopped.

Info you need to apply

To apply for unemployment, you need to provide personal information including

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address
  • Name, of employer that laid you off If loss of work due to COVID-19 - answer questions as outlined in this tutorial

You may need additional information in certain situations

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, alien registration number and expiration date
  • Form DD-214 (Member 4 copy), if you served in the military in the last 18 months
  • Form SF-50 or SF-8, if you are a federal civilian employee
  • Your bank routing number and checking/savings account number, if Direct Deposit is desired

FAQ + Resources

For more information, check out these links:

You may also submit your general question to [email protected] or call 860- 263-6975 from 8AM - 4PM.

Good luck, we're here to help! Information is changing quickly. Please consult the state's applicable website provided above to be sure the information is valid.

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