How to file an unemployment claim in Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) offers unemployment insurance to all Connecticut workers in the event that they lose their jobs through no fault of their own.
CT Unemployment Benefits
The maximum weekly benefit available through Connecticut’s unemployment compensation program is $555. Your weekly benefit will be calculated based on your past wages at your last employer. Additional benefits can be received for dependents such as a spouse or children. Without extensions, you can collect up to 26 weeks of unemployment compensation on one claim.
Filing for Unemployment in Connecticut
You can file for unemployment compensation in Connecticut if you meet the following 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 (such as being fired).
- You must meet certain weekly legal requirements; weekly requirements 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.
CT Unemployment Application
You can file for unemployment benefits or make a continued claim online through the CT Department of Labor’s online unemployment claims system.
Online CT Unemployment Application: https://iic.ctdol.state.ct.us/welcome.aspx
Unemployment Application Phone Numbers:
The Connecticut Department of Labor provides local unemployment office phone numbers for different areas in the state. You can apply for unemployment or file a weekly claim by calling your local number, as well as get information about your nearest CT Works Career Center or local Connecticut Unemployment Office.
Connecticut Unemployment Benefits Hotline Calling Schedule:
Callers with social security numbers ending in numerals 0 through 4 can call the TeleBenefits “Dial to File” system on MONDAYS.
Callers with social security numbers ending in numerals 0 through 7 can call the TeleBenefits “Dial to File” system on TUESDAYS.
Callers with social security numbers ending in any numeral (0-9) can call the TeleBenefits “Dial to File” system on WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, AND FRIDAYS.
Connecticut Unemployment Phone Numbers:
TeleBenefits Phone Numbers
- Local Calling Areas
1-800-942-6653 (from out-of-state) or
(860) 256-3900 (from in-state)
|New Britain||(860) 566-5790|
|New London||(860) 443-2041|
*If you live in the Kent, Salisbury,
Thompson, Stafford Springs, Westport or Wilton
exchange, you may call the following toll-free number: 1-800-354-3305.
TDD/TTY Users Call: 1-800-842-9710
How To File CT Unemployment Claims
You must file a weekly claim in order to receive your unemployment benefits. You can file your claim online through the online unemployment claims system, or by calling your local Connecticut unemployment office at the number above.
How to get a CT Unemployment Extension
If you have exhausted your unemployment benefits but still have not been able to find full time employment, you may be eligible for extended unemployment benefits. Contact your local unemployment office for more details.