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Unemployment Benefits End For 11,000

by | May 14, 2012 5:30am
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This weekend about 11,000 people received their final unemployment checks. That’s because Connecticut is no longer considered a “high unemployment state.”

This week Connecticut joins seven other states in seeing its extended benefits from the federal government come to an end. 

Since 2009 there have been 99 weeks of benefits: 26 weeks of state, 53 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation, and 20 weeks of extended benefits.

In February, the number of eligible weeks dropped from 99 to 93, then in March it went down to 86 weeks after Connecticut lost seven weeks of extended benefits as a result of improving unemployment rates.

As of April  Connecticut’s unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, down from a high of 9.3 percent in January 2011.

In April Connecticut’s Department of Labor received notice it would lose the remaining 13 weeks of extended benefits on May 12 as a result of the improving unemployment rates. Reducing the weeks of unemployment to 73 weeks.

In September that number is expected to drop off to 63 weeks and by December, unless Congress takes action to reinstate some of the benefits, the state will be back to the regular 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.

The Department of Labor estimates that by the end of 2012, there will be 75,000 long-term unemployment insurance claimants that have exhausted all benefits and have not found work. By the end of 2012, about 17,500 unemployed people will no longer receive extended benefits.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he’s working with Department of Labor Commissioner Glenn Marshall and the Department of Social Services to develop a plan to assist individuals who will no longer be receiving unemployment.

Malloy has suggested food stamps and Medicaid services may be programs the unemployed can apply for if they qualify.

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posted by: lkulmann | May 14, 2012  10:48am

Let me tell you exactly what to do because CT DSS does not exactly reach out to help people in need. Be assertive. Remember, state workers think that public benefits and services are for them. Afterall, they paid their
dues!! Ugh…
Go to your local DSS when you get your last check from DOL
They should tell you what you need to do…exactly step by step
You should qualify for emergency SNAP
‘food stamps’ first come first serve
That’s when you can apply for medical, and monthly SNAP and other services
There is a pamphlet that lists programs…  ASK FOR IT!!
And the best source of information where a human being actually picks up the phone is 211…They r awesome!!
CT DSS needs to know that you need
some help. Make copies of EVERYTHING and call back often. They lose. +/or forget often. Expect better:)

posted by: Noteworthy | May 14, 2012  11:00am

How many jobs has Gov. Malloy created, or rather, said he created? No including state government jobs? And just for clarification, the only reason unemployment has decreased is because people have been dropping off the unemployment rolls because their benefits dry up; and because there has been a steady decline is those in the job market. They’ve given up, moved or are no longer looking.

posted by: gutbomb86 | May 14, 2012  2:34pm


Well ... this ought to cheer up a few of you…