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Governor Rell: Small Increase in Unemployment Assistance, Extended Eligibility for Federal Benefits 

Stimulus Package Helps State Provide Further Aid to Connecticut Job-Seekers, Families

For immediate release
Adam Liegeot, 860-301-4055
February 28, 2009

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that job-seekers in Connecticut will be getting a “bump” in unemployment insurance of $25 a week, starting with claims filed this week, due to the federal stimulus bill. Governor Rell said eligibility for extra federal unemployment assistance offered to people whose state benefits have expired is also extended under the stimulus bill.


“An additional $25 a week is a modest increase, to be sure – but for breadwinners trying to keep their home and family together while looking for a new job, every little bit helps,” Governor Rell said. “At a time when they need it most, many of our residents will get a little more help. And the extra money will have a broader effect, because it injects an additional $2.5 million to $3 million a week into Connecticut’s economy. That, in turn, should help create jobs.


“I am also pleased that job-seekers in our state will continue to be eligible for additional help from the federal government if they aren’t able to find work quickly,” the Governor said. “In November, Congress offered an additional 20 weeks of unemployment assistance to all states and 13 more weeks on top of that to states where the unemployment rate was at 6 percent or more – a distinction that unfortunately includes Connecticut. Eligibility for those 33 weeks of extra aid was scheduled to expire at the end of March – but under the stimulus bill, eligibility for the aid will continue through December 31.”


The Connecticut Department of Labor is updating its computer programming to accommodate the changes. Claimants will automatically see the additional $25 in checks mailed the week of March 1. Since the additional $25 payments are entirely funded by the federal government neither employers nor the state will be charged.


Another important change under the stimulus bill makes the first $2,400 in unemployment insurance benefits paid in 2009 exempt from federal income tax. Ordinarily, all such benefits are taxable.


“Our unemployment insurance program is serving as a lifeline to the residents in our state who have been laid off as a result of the current national economic downturn,” Governor Rell said. “Connecticut’s commitment to help these families is rock-solid and the stimulus funding is an important part of our overall support network.” 

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