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COVID-19 Resources: Unemployment Benefits


To file for unemployment and to find updates on Connecticut’s implementation of the latest COVID relief package please see here.


I was recently laid off or had my employer completely cut my hours because of the coronavirus. What resources are there for me? 

Laid off and furloughed workers are likely eligible for unemployment insurance under the latest COVID relief package. The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation boosts unemployment by $300 for 11 weeks to anyone receiving at least $1 of unemployment insurance

My unemployment has recently expired or is about to expire, what do I do? 

Claimants who are currently receiving Extended Benefits (EB) will stay on that program until it is exhausted before potentially becoming eligible for the additional weeks of PEUC.

What resources are available for me if I’m self-employed, primarily self-employed, or otherwise usually not eligible for Unemployment? 

As part of the CARES Act, most workers who were previously ineligible for unemployment insurance will now be eligible for benefits. Through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, newly eligible individuals include self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers who are unemployed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the most recent Covid relief package created a new program for individuals with both a W2 and self-employed earnings of at least $5,000 annually. The Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) will provide $100 for eligible workers (in addition to the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation and any eligible benefits from the W2 employment).

Please continue to check back on the CT Unemployment Benefits Center webpage for the latest updates here.