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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 recognizes that helping to ensure the financial stability of our families, as well as employment and training, are two important components to the economic recovery of our state. In accordance with this Act, a portion of the ARRA funds is funding federal extensions to the unemployment insurance program, as well as a weekly $25 stimulus payment being added to weekly benefit checks. Funds are also being made available for additional employment and training programs. The Connecticut Department of Labor directly administers the unemployment insurance program to provide weekly benefit checks, and works in partnership with the Office of Workforce Competitiveness and the CTWorks system to ensure effective and results-oriented employment programs.

We will be updating this web page periodically as new information becomes available.

Overview of Connecticut Department of Labor ARRA programs and funding


AGENCY’S STIMULUS ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICER

Robert Merola, Chief Fiscal Officer
Connecticut Department of Labor
200 Folly Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
DOL.Recovery@ct.gov

FORMAL CORRESPONDENCE
 

Policy Memos (includes certifications)

Informational Memos (includes Federal Training and Employment Guidance Letters)
Letters
 

REQUIRED REPORTS

All reports associated with the ARRA effort will be posted by the agency as they become available.

 

PROJECT LIST

All projects involving ARRA funding will be posted.

BIDS/JOBS

The CT Labor Department will post employment opportunities when available as a result of ARRA funding.

PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES RECEIVING ARRA FUNDS   

 

Unemployment Programs

For the week of December 3rd – December 7th we issued a total of 83,732 benefit payments totaling $27,027,408.00.   

  • FAC to date:
    Additional $25 on every unemployment check -
    Funds provided to claimants thro
    ugh (12/10/2012) is $319,586,429.70.

     

    Federal Additional Compensation (FAC). Under federal legislation, the $25 stimulus payments are temporary and are being provided to individuals that established new claims for unemployment before June 2, 2010. Payments will be phased out on November 6, 2010. Since the additional $25 payments are entirely funded by the federal government, neither employers nor the state are charged for this additional benefit.

  • EUC08 to date:
    Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) - Funds provided to claimants through (12/10/12) is $3,656,912,913.62.


    This program, provided to individuals that established new claims for unemployment before June 2, 2010, provides up to 53 weeks of federal unemployment insurance benefits under four separate tiers, with Tier 3 and Tier 4 dependent on the Total Unemployment Rate, as determined by USDOL.

    *NOTE: The weekly reporting number above notes all of EUC08 payments made to claimants since EUC08 was enacted in 2008. The EUC08 payments attributable to ARRA legislation are only those tied to EUC08 claims initiated March 29, 2009 and later. That amount, reported on a quarterly basis, is $720,638,204 as of 4/30/10.

    NOTE: last payment date for Tier 4 was week ending February 18, 2012. Please refer to CTDOL’s website for updates regarding 2/23/12 extension EUC benefits. 

  • EB to date:
    Federal Extended Benefits (EB) - Funds provided to claimants through
    (12/10/12) is $612,278,798.21. 


    Provides up to 20 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to qualified claimants who have exhausted the 26 weeks of state unemployment insurance benefits and any applicable EUC benefits. EB is normally funded by 50% state funds and 50% federal funds, but under stimulus legislation, currently these benefits are 100% federally funded. Government and municipal employers and federally-recognized Indian tribes, however, continue to be charged 100% for EB.

    *Note 1: For ARRA reporting purposes, 50% of the EB payments are considered as stimulus funds. That amount, reported on a quarterly basis, is $56,224,865 as of 4/30/10.

    *Note 2:
    Net EB payments were reduced by $86.3 million and Net EUC08 payments were increased by $86.1 million due to a large number of transfers between programs in August, 2010.

  • Unemployment Insurance Modernization Act (UIMA) - $87,811,338
    Federal money provided to states for the Trust Fund. Connecticut was eligible to receive $87 million by meeting certain requirements, and received the first 1/3 of this amount ($29.3 million) in early 2009 and received the additional $58.6 million in May 2009. The $87 million has been deposited to the Trust Fund and will be used to pay benefits. The state can appropriate some of the funding for administrative needs, including claims processing.
     

  • UI Administrative – Special Federal Transfer - $6,272,238
    This one-time transfer from the federal Employment Security Account (ESSA) is for administrative costs associated with the state’s unemployment insurance operations.
     

  • Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Act Assistance (ATAA) Programs
    The stimulus bill expands federal funding for workers who have been displaced in the trade and manufacturing sectors due to what is commonly referred to as outsourcing or off-shoring. With a goal to improve employability for those likely to need retraining and, in some situations, relocation, funding for the Trade Act Assistance (TAA) program has been increased nationwide by 160% to $575 million per fiscal year. The increase in Trade Act funding and program parameters makes training, health care and reemployment benefits more accessible and flexible. The bill also reauthorized TAA programs through Dec. 31, 2010. To apply for Trade Act services and benefits, a group of affected workers must first file a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor's Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance requesting certification as workers adversely impacted by foreign trade. If certified, each worker in the group may then apply for individual services and benefits. The Connecticut Department of Labor often works with companies to assist them with the completion and filing of the petition. Additional information on the program and how to apply for assistance can be found on the following web site: www.doleta.gov/tradeact/benefits.cfm

    Please refer to CTDOL’s website for updates regarding status of EB benefits.
     

  • Taxation of Unemployment Insurance Benefits
    Currently, unemployment insurance benefits are fully taxable. Under the new bill, the first $2,400 of benefits are free from federal taxes for tax year 2009. This will provide additional cash to unemployed residents who are living on a reduced income until new employment can be found.

    This program has ended; was in effect in 2009.

Employment Programs

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides nearly $35 million to enhance and provide employment services to a variety of job seekers and those collecting unemployment benefits. The Labor Department provides approximately 75% of the WIA funds for local employment and training programs to the state's five Workforce Investment Boards. Funds are allocated by the federal government as follows:

Workforce Investment Act ARRA Funds

Youth Activities:

$11,034,723

Adult Activities:

$4,385,149

Dislocated Workers:

$14,884,070
 

Employment Services

 

Wagner-Peyser Activities:

$1,668,598

Reemployment for UI Claimants:
 

$2,780,996

Total:
 

$34,753,536

Activity Descriptions and Expenditures:

  • Workforce Investment Act ARRA Funds - $30,303,942
    Expenditures through 11/30/09 - $13,620,101.42

    Under federal guidelines, these funds have been provided for the following employment programs: Youth Activities, Adult Activities and Dislocated Workers.
     
    • Youth Activities - $11,034,723
      Any youth employment activities under the Workforce Investment Act are allowed for the Recovery Act funds. States were encouraged to try to use these the funds to create summer employment opportunities for youth, with the age of participants being increased to a maximum of 24 years old. In Connecticut, approximately 4,000 youth, ages 17-24, were provided with summer employment in jobs ranging from administrative positions to employment in nursing homes and museums. Funds were provided to the state's five Regional Workforce Investment Boards for local job placement. As part of the summer jobs program, more than two dozen youth helped spruce up state parks and beaches under the Governor’s CT Conservation Corps pilot program.
       
    • Adult Activities - $4,385,149
      Assist adult workers who have lost their jobs and need specific assistance, including training or educational assistance, to find new jobs. Focus is to train people for jobs that need to be filled, with emphasis on those jobs in high-growth industries, green occupations, and in the fields of health and education. To support this effort, services include data-driven career counseling, occupational skills training, on-the-job training (including registered apprenticeship), skills upgrades and adult education and literacy training.
       
    • Dislocated Workers - $14,884,070
      Assist workers who have lost their jobs and need specific reemployment assistance, including job search assistance and training, to find new employment. Many dislocated workers are finding that while they have experience, they don't have networking and job search skills. Funding is being used to help those workers with résumé development, along with interview and networking skills. Services include data-driven career counseling, occupational skills training, on-the-job training (including registered apprenticeship), skills upgrades and adult education and literacy training.
       
  • Employment Services - $4,449,594
    Under federal guidelines, these funds have been provided for the following reemployment programs: Wagner Peyser Activities and Reemployment for UI Claimants. Services include assisting workers who have lost their jobs and need specific reemployment assistance, including job search assistance and training, to find new employment. Many dislocated workers are finding that while they have experience, they don't have networking and job search skills. Funding is being used to help those workers with résumé development, along with interview and networking skills. Services include data-driven career counseling, occupational skills training, on-the-job training (including registered apprenticeship), skills upgrades and adult education and literacy training.
     
    • Wagner Peyser Activities - $1,668,598
      Expenditures through 11/30/09 - $1,064,453.48

       
    • Reemployment for UI Claimants - $2,780,996
      Expenditures through 11/30/09 - $761,967.72
       
  • Employer Programs
     
Expansion of the WOTC Tax Credit
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program has been expanded to include two more categories of workers – “unemployed veterans” and “disconnected youth.” Employers who hire workers from these two groups are eligible to receive up to a $2,400 tax credit per employee. Disconnected youth are defined as between the ages of 16 and 24 who were not attending school within six months of their hire date. Prior to the stimulus bill expansion, the tax credit program applied to eight categories of workers, with employers eligible to apply for credits ranging from $1,200 to $5,000 a year per employee.
More information on the program can be found on the following web site: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/progsupt/taxcredits/default-bus.htm

 

 

QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA

Nancy Steffens, CTDOL Communications Director, 860-263-6537
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Related Press Releases
 

 

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February 7, 2010

  Governor Rell: Quarterly Report of Stimulus Activity Shows Widening Impact of Federal Funds on State (PDF, 73KB)
 

January 20, 2010

  Governor Rell: State Receiving $3.36 Million in Stimulus For Training, Development of “Green Collar” Jobs
 

November 18, 2009

  Governor Rell: State Awarded Stimulus Funds To Identify Green Jobs, Training Opportunities
 

October 28, 2009

  Governor Rell: Stimulus Creates and Retains Thousands of Jobs in Connecticut
 

August 18, 2009

  Governor Rell: Stimulus Funds to Help Region Identify Green Jobs, Training
 

May 27, 2009

  Governor Rell Announces Connecticut To Receive $58.6 Million in Stimulus Funds for Unemployed
 

April 18, 2009

  Governor Rell: 13 More Weeks of Benefits Begins For Those Exhausting Federal EUC Extension
 

April 7, 2009

  Governor Rell: Connecticut Will Receive $29.3 Million In Federal Stimulus Funds for Unemployed Citizens
 

March 26, 2009

  First $2,400 of Unemployment Benefits Tax Free for 2009
 

March 10, 2009

  Governor Rell Announces Additional Help For Unemployed: 13 More Weeks of Benefits
 

March 1, 2009

  Governor Rell Certifies Connecticut's Acceptance of Stimulus Funds
 

February 28, 2009

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

LINKS

State recovery site – www.recovery.ct.gov
United States Department of Labor Web Site - 
http://www.dol.gov/recovery/


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