Reminder: Oct. 5 Brings Increase To Maximum
Unemployment Insurance Benefit
For immediate release
September 25, 2008
WETHERSFIELD, The maximum Unemployment Insurance benefit increases to $519 per
week from the current $501, effective Oct. 5, State Labor Commissioner Patricia
H. Mayfield reminds Connecticut’s workforce.
The new rate applies to claims filed for the benefit year starting on and after
Oct. 5, 2008. Individuals who established a claim prior to the Oct. 5 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.
The revision of the maximum weekly unemployment benefit is based on average
manufacturing wages for the year ending June 30, 2008. An increase is limited by
law to $18 a year – or 60 percent of the average wage – whichever is less. In
2007-2008, those earnings averaged a record $891.59 weekly, up from the
2006-2007 average of $852.45 per week. The statutory limitation kept the
increase this year to $18.
For the 12 months ending Aug. 31, jobless benefits averaged $302 per week and
claimants received an average 16.3 weeks of compensation. A year earlier, weekly
benefit payments averaged $293 for an average of 16.3 weeks.
Regular state unemployment benefits are funded by a separate assessment paid
by 98,687 Connecticut employers. The tax is based on the first $15,000 of each
worker's annual wage.
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535