Governor Rell: Jobless Claims Offices Open During Upcoming Holidays
Referral, Other Resources Available by Calling 211
For immediate release
February 8, 2009
Governor M. Jodi Rell announced today
that state Department of Labor Call Centers will be open during the upcoming
February holidays to process jobless claims for thousands of Connecticut
The holiday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
on Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12 and 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on President’s Day,
February 16. Governor Rell said Connecticut has lost nearly 30,000 jobs in the
past year in this national recession as the ranks of the unemployed continue to
climb with each week.
“These benefits are an essential
lifeline for thousands of our citizens who suddenly find themselves without a
job,” Governor Rell said. “As the state and nation work our way out of this
recession, it is critical that we provide individuals with every resource
available during this time of tremendous upheaval in their lives.”
The DOL is issuing than 100,000
unemployment checks each week, a 60 percent increase over last year. Nearly $80
million in benefits were provided last month.
Under the Governor’s direction and using
federal dollars, the Call Centers have already extended normal hours from 7:45
a.m. to 6 p.m. to handle the increased case load. The DOL is also adding
temporary staff, including rehiring retired DOL workers, to help with claims.
Filers can use the DOL’s TeleBenefits
phone system or the WebBenefits online system. For more information:
Individuals filing via the Web are encouraged to avoid Sunday and Monday filing
as these days represent peak usage periods.
Governor Rell noted that residents who
have exhausted their initial 26 weeks of state unemployment insurance and the
first 20 weeks of federal extended benefits are now eligible for an extended
federal benefit of 13 more weeks.
The following free resources are also
available to state residents:
The free United
Way 211 information line offers confidential referral, crisis intervention
24-hours a day, 7 days a week;
www.211ct.org includes guide to available services for the unemployed
titled “Where to Turn in Connecticut You Become Unemployed”;
http://www.careeronestop.org/ReEmployment offers resources for
re-employment, training opportunities and financial assistance.
“While I know our residents will weather
this economic storm, it is important that they be aware of the many resources
they can turn to for help,” Governor Rell said.
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535