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Labor Department Call Centers Open On Martin Luther King Day

For immediate release
January 16, 2009

The Labor Department’s TeleBenefits Centers will operate from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Monday, Jan. 19, to provide additional assistance to people who are filing an unemployment claim. 

With more than 140,000 claims taken this past week alone, volunteers within the agency’s unemployment insurance division are reporting to work in order to better assist those who are depending on an unemployment check. 

Connecticut jobseekers exhausting the initial 26 weeks of state unemployment insurance and the first 20 weeks of federal extended benefits are now eligible for a “Second-Tier” of 13 weeks. Under federal guidelines, the 13 additional weeks are being made available to states experiencing unemployment rates of more than 6% over a certain amount of time.

According to the agency, last week nearly 115,000 checks were issued, and close to $36.5 million in benefits were issued. The maximum weekly benefit for Connecticut is $519.

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