State’s Maximum Unemployment Insurance Benefit Increases to $501 Weekly on
For immediate release
October 2, 2007
Unemployment Insurance benefit increases to $501 per week from the current $483
effective Oct. 7, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reminds
The new rate applies to claims filed for the benefit year starting on and after
Oct. 1, 2007. Individuals who established a claim prior to the Oct. 1 date and
who have been collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits will be unaffected by
the increase. The weekly dependency allowance for each dependent, at $15 with a
maximum of $75, remains unchanged.
revision of the maximum weekly unemployment benefit is based on average
manufacturing wages for the year ending June 30, 2007. An increase is limited by
law to $18 a year –
or 60 percent of the average wage –
whichever is less. In 2006-2007, those earnings averaged a record $852.45
weekly, up from the 2005-2006 average of $815.01 per week. The statutory
limitation kept the increase this year to $18.
12 months ending Aug. 31, jobless benefits averaged $293 per week and claimants
received an average 16.3 weeks of compensation. A year earlier, weekly benefit
payments averaged $288 for an average of 16.4 weeks.
state unemployment benefits are funded by a separate assessment paid by more
than 99,000 Connecticut employers. The tax is based on the first $15,000 of each
worker's annual wage.
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535