Labor Department Call
Centers Open On Martin Luther King Day
For immediate release
January 16, 2009
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.
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.