MAXIMUM WEEKLY BENEFIT FOR NEW UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIMS WILL BE $649 AS OF OCTOBER 6

This article was published on: 09/27/19 4:17 PM by Mike Minarsky

WETHERSFIELD, CT – The annual revision of the Unemployment Insurance benefit rate will result in claimants receiving a maximum amount of $649 per week effective October 6, 2019, Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said today.

For the 12 months ending August 31, 2019, unemployment insurance benefits averaged $393.94 per week and claimants received an average of 16.3 weeks of compensation. Connecticut law provides for up to 26 weeks of unemployment insurance.

 The revised rate is $18 above the current $631 weekly maximum rate, and will apply to claims filed for the benefit year starting on and after October 6, 2019. Individuals who filed a claim prior to this date and who have been collecting unemployment insurance benefits are unaffected by this revision. The weekly dependency allowance for each dependent of $15 with a maximum of $75 remains unchanged.

The maximum weekly unemployment benefit, determined annually per state statute, is based on the average wages of all Connecticut workers for the period April 2018 through March 2019. Using data from the Connecticut Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the average wage during that time was $1,311.79 per week.

State unemployment benefits are funded by a tax paid by approximately 105,000 Connecticut employers and based on the first $15,000 of each worker’s annual wage.

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