Maximum Unemployment Insurance Benefit Increases to $555 on October 3
For immediate release
September 27, 2010
The maximum Unemployment Insurance benefit increases to $555 per week from the
current $537, effective October 3, Acting Labor Commissioner Linda Agnew said today.
The new rate
applies to claims filed for the benefit year starting on and after October 3, 2010.
Individuals who established a claim prior to the October 3 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, 2010. An increase is limited by
law to $18 a year – or 60 percent of the average wage – whichever is less. In
2009-2010, those earnings averaged a record $958.52 weekly, up from the
2009-2010 average of $921.16 per week. An increase is limited by law to $18 a
For the 12 months
ending August 31, jobless benefits averaged $296 per week and claimants received
an average 20.6 weeks of compensation. A year earlier, weekly benefit payments
averaged $312 for an average of 18.6 weeks.
Regular state unemployment benefits are funded by a separate assessment paid
by 97,200 Connecticut employers. The tax is based on the first $15,000 of each
worker's annual wage.
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