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Governor Malloy announces programs for long-term unemployed

Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently joined Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer at the American Job Center in New Britain to unveil a three-part legislative package designed to help return long-term unemployed Connecticut residents to work.

The Governor presented the $3.6 million program to the General Assembly at its February 6 opening session. 

He is proposing that the Subsidized Training & Employment Program (Step Up) be extended, and is asking for a further investment of $10 million to fund the successful program. Step Up provides two types of hiring incentives – a scaled, six month wage subsidy, and a small manufacturer training grant.  Qualified participants are typically residents who may have some of the necessary job qualifications, but who still require on-the-job training to meet the needs of the company. To date, nearly 2,100 unemployed residents have been put back to work with the help of Step Up. 

Governor Malloy is also proposing the following:

  • Creation of a statewide program that expands the “Platform to Employment” (P2E) pilot program now offered in southwestern Connecticut.  The program will give participants access to a five-week intensive job readiness program, behavioral health services, financial coaching, and an eight-week subsidized work experience. During its first year, the program is projected to serve up to 500 individuals who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.

  • The Governor is also calling for the removal of all barriers based on employment status. His proposed legislation will prohibit an employer or employment agency from advertising a job opening stating that an individual must be currently employed in order to be considered for a position, and direct or request an employment agency screen applicants based on employment status.

Please visit for more information on the different Step Up programs available or to talk with a Step Up coordinator.

Governor Dannel Malloy

Governor Dannel P. Malloy provides details about his three-part legislative package designed to help return long-term unemployed Connecticut residents to work.

Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer and representatives from the CT chapter of the AARP

Representatives from the CT chapter of the AARP stand behind Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer during her remarks about helping the long-term unemployed get back to work.

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