Governor M. Jodi
Rell today announced that an expanded federal Emergency Unemployment
Compensation program has now taken effect to provide an additional 14 weeks
of benefits to Connecticut’s jobless residents.
Governor Rell, the legislation provides a “third tier” of Emergency
Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) benefits to states with total unemployment
rates of at least 6% over a three-month average.
unemployment rates are far from good news, I am pleased to see that Congress
has responded to my requests to provide more benefits assistance,” Governor
Rell said. “The expansion of this program means that Connecticut residents
are now potentially eligible to collect 93 weeks of state and federal
benefits while looking for new jobs.
believe the nation’s economy is showing signs of improvement, they also
predict that meaningful job growth will not take place until next year.
While Connecticut is making gains toward emerging from this recession, our
first priority is to help those who continue their struggle to find jobs.
This newest federal expansion of benefits will help families to bridge the
gap between joblessness and employment.”
On October 23,
Governor Rell urged Connecticut’s Congressional leaders to protect and
extend jobless benefits for more than 100,000 residents. In her letter, the
Governor also asked Congress to push for additional stimulus funds to
replenish the state’s depleted Unemployment Trust Fund.
With this latest
expansion of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, Connecticut
benefits include 26 weeks of state benefits, 47 weeks of federal Emergency
Unemployment Compensation (EUC Tiers 1, 2, and 3), and 20 weeks of Extended
Benefits (13 weeks of Extended Benefits and seven weeks of High Extended
qualified for EUC08 Tier 3 benefits, as well as seven additional weeks of
Extended Benefits, simultaneously. For those states experiencing the
expansion of both EOC08 and EB programs at the same time, the U.S.
Department of Labor gave states the option to administer the 14 weeks of
Emergency Unemployment Compensation before providing Extended Benefits. This
option allows states to streamline programming changes and thus ensure
continuous payment of unemployment benefits.
begin filing claims under the expanded Emergency Unemployment Compensation
(EUC08 Tier 3) program beginning Sunday, November 15.
were those who exhausted their second tier of Emergency Unemployment
Compensation (EUC08 Tier 2) and those who exhausted or are filing for
Extended Benefits. Claimants currently collecting EUC08 are automatically
eligible to file for EUC08 Tier 3 once they have exhausted their EUC08 Tier
for the additional seven weeks of Extended Benefits were sent a letter
several weeks ago by the Labor Department, letting them know they were
eligible for HEB – High Extended Benefits. However, due to the new
legislation, they will first receive the EUC08 Tier 3 benefits.
In states where the
total unemployment rate is at least 8.5% over a three-month average, the new
legislation also provides for EUC08 Tier 4 – an additional six weeks of
benefits, for a total of 20 weeks. At this time, Connecticut’s total
unemployment rate is not high enough to qualify for these additional six