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Unemployment is an eligibility program. This means that each claimant must meet specific requirements under the law in order to receive unemployment benefits.


Information is available to help understand and apply for unemployment benefits.


A few things to note about applying for unemployment:

  • CTDOL uses a secure system hosted by Salesforce called CT Direct Benefits to collect information for unemployment applications. Salesforce is certified by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to manage confidential information. To file an application, you click on the link below and that will take you off the CTDOL page and to the CT Direct Benefits page.

  • After you file an application for unemployment, you will be notified that your claim is processed. Then you will begin your weekly filings. Each week you must verify your employment status, job search efforts, and report any income you earned.

  • The start of your claim is the Sunday of the application week. Claims are not backdated to your last day of work.


You are laid off on November 3, 2021.
You submit your application for benefits on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Your application week begins on Sunday, November 28, 2021.
Your claim is not backdated to November 3, 2021 when you were laid off.



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