Connecticut Unemployment Offices

Eligibility Requirements for Unemployment Insurance in Connecticut

Most workers are covered by the Unemployment Insurance system in the state of Connecticut.

Once evaluated and concluded he is monetarily eligible, he then must also be:

1. Fully or partially employed.

2. Unemployed through no fault of his own.

3. Physically and mentally able to work and available to work as defined by law.

4. Registered with a local career center.

5. Actively looking for work on a weekly basis.

6. Participating in selected reemployment services (if identified by the enhanced reemployment services system as a dislocated worker.

7. Filing weekly claims as directed by the Department of Labor.

To qualify however for these benefits, a worker must possess monetary eligibility. He must have earned sufficient wages during a specified time. This specified time is the Base Period, or the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the effective date of the new claim. For example, your effective date of claim falls on any Sunday of April, May, or June 2012; then your benefits will be computed based on your earnings from January 2011 to December 2011. Simply put, the last five of your completed calendar quarters were January 2011 to March 2012. Thus, the first 4 of the last five completed calendar quarters are January 2011 to December 2011. You are then paid based on a calendar week, Sunday to Saturday. The maximum weekly benefit rate is $573.00 as of October 3, 2011.

The official website of the Connecticut Department of Labor also specified workers who are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. These are jobs pertaining to:

1. Newspaper carriers under age 18 who deliver to customers.

2. Insurance agents (other than industrial life insurance agents).

3. Real estate persons paid only by commission.

4. Sole proprietors and partners.

5. Children under 21 employed by a parent and anyone employed by his or her spouse.

6. Certain religious or church related employment.

7. Work in Connecticut covered under the unemployment compensation law of another state.

8. Railroad workers because railroads are self-insured.

9. Outside sales representatives of a for-profit travel agency

Applying for Unemployment Insurance in Connecticut

An initial claim by the telephone or over the Internet is the first step in filing for Unemployment Insurance in Connecticut. As soon as you are unemployed, file your claims to the TeleBenefits Line of the CT Department of Labor. Here are the numbers for all local calling areas.

• Ansonia (203) 230-4939

• Bridgeport* (203) 579-6291

• Bristol (860) 566-5790

• Danbury (203) 797-4150

• Danielson * (860) 423-2521

• Enfield * (860) 566-5790

• Hamden (203) 230-4939

• Hartford (860) 566-5790

• Manchester (860) 566-5790

• Meriden (860) 344-2993

• Middletown (860) 344-2993

• New Britain (860) 566-5790

• New London (860) 443-2041

• Norwich (860) 443-2041

• Stamford (203) 348-2696

• Torrington * (860) 482-5581

• Waterbury (203) 596-4140

• Willimantic (860) 423-2521

For asterisked areas, the toll free number 1-800-354-3305 must be dialed if you live in the Kent, North Thompson, Salisbury, Sharon, Stafford Springs, Westport or Wilton Exchange.

For those living out of state, the toll free number is 1-800-942-6653.

TDD/TTY users may call 1-800-842-9710.

Calls for an initial/new and reopened claim are entertained Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4pm (E.S.T.). However, to ensure efficient service to all, the TeleBenefits Line prioritize claimants based on their social security numbers. Below is a list of schedule for every social security number which ends in the following numerals:

• 0 through 3 Mondays

• 0 through 6 Tuesdays

• 0 through 9 Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

However, on a week when Monday is a holiday, the agency is closed. Thus, for social security numbers ending in the following numerals, you may call on the following days:

• 0 through 3 Tuesdays

• 0 through 7 Wednesdays

• All numbers Thursdays and Fridays

You will be required to enter a PIN or personal identification number over the telephone which ensures your privacy each time you make a call to the TeleBenefits Line. Once you enter your PIN take note of it.

There are 3 ways for which you may enjoy the services of the TeleBenefits Line:

1. Touch Tone Telephone- you simply have to press the keys on your telephone’s keypad to respond to every question.

2. Push Button telephone- for telephones with tone/pulse switch. Set the switch to the tone position.

3. Rotary Telephone- for telephones where you can simply speak your responses. In this case, make sure you speak series of numbers individually after the tone.

If you prefer filing your claim online, go to www.ct.gov/dol

Always have the following ready when you file your initial claim:

1. Social Security Number

2. Form DD214: for those separating from the military

3. Form SF-8 and copy of recent pay stub: for Federal employees

4. Document of proof for work authorization in the USA: for non-US citizens

Local Job Centers in Connecticut

It had been mentioned above that in order to enjoy Unemployment Insurance benefits (for at least a year), you must have proof that you are actively seeking a job that fits your experience and skills. The only way to prove that is to regularly update your resume online or communicate with a local job center in Connecticut. Here is a list of these centers and their contact information to get assistance for job openings and hiring.
CT Works Center
560 Ella T. Grasso Blvd.
New Haven, CT 06519
Phone: 203-624-1493 ext.224

CTWorks Willimantic
1320 Main Street
Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone: 860-786-6200

Connecticut Depatment of Labor, A Partner in CTWorks
2 Lafayette Square
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: 203-455-2700

Danielson CT Works Center
95 Westcott Road
Danielson, CT 06239
Phone: 860-412-7000

Enfield CT Works Center
786 Enfield Street
Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860-745-8097

Hamden CT Works Center
37 Marne Street
Hamden, CT 06514
Phone: 203-859-3200

Hartford CT Works Center
3580 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06120
Phone: 860-256-3700

Meriden CT Works Center
85 West Main Street
Meriden, CT 06451
Phone: 203-238-3688

New Britain CT Works
260 Lafayette Street
New Britain, CT 06053
Phone: 860-827-6200

New London CT Works Center
Shaw`s Cove Six
New London, CT 06320
Phone: 860-439-7400

Norwich CT Works Center
113 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860-859-5600

Stamford CT Works Center
1642 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 203-353-1702

VALLEY CT Works Center
33 Elizabeth Street
Derby, CT 06418
Phone: 203-734-3443

Waterbury CT Work Center
249 Thomaston Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: 203-437-3380

CTWorks
270 Lafayette Street
New Britain, CT 06053
Phone: 860-223-0889

CTWorks Manchester
893 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: 860-643-2222

Danbury One-Stop Center Danbury CTWorks
4 Liberty Street
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-730-0451

New Britain One-Stop Center
260 Lafayette Street
New Britain, CT 06053
Phone: 860-827-6200

Torrington CT Works Center
685 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790
Phone: 860-496-3300