The Connecticut Department of Labor administers the unemployment program in the state. If you have been laid off from your job and are actively seeking employment, you should qualify for unemployment compensation. If you were fired or quit, however, you will have a much more difficult time getting unemployment. (But it is not impossible.)
Assuming you qualify for unemployment, the amount you receive each week will be calculated on your earnings during a “base period” that generally is the year prior to the previous calendar quarter. (For example, an unemployment claim made in May will usually have the previous January through December as its base period.)
The maximum weekly unemployment payment in Connecticut is $598 and the maximum length of time to receive unemployment is 26 weeks. (You may receive a partial unemployment payment if you do some work in a week but not full time.)
Go here to see a more detailed explanation of how eligibility and compensation are determined.
If you believe you are eligible for unemployment in Connecticut, you can apply in a number of ways, including:
- Online: Create an online account and file your initial unemployment claim at https://sso.ctdol.state.ct.us/English/CommonLogin/CommonLogin.aspx
- By Phone: Use the TeleBenefits line, which has a variety of phone numbers depending on where you are in the state. Go here for a list.
After you file your initial claim, you will still need to report back each week to keep your unemployment claim current. You can use the same system, either online or by phone, as you used for your initial claim.