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State Moves to Help Residents Losing Unemployment Benefits

United Way 2-1-1 will coordinate the effort.

The state announced this week that the Department of Labor and the Department of Social Services will work together to provide help to people who are losing unemployment benefits.

United Way 2-1-1 will coordinate the services, which will include access to social service and workforce development programs.

“While a lower unemployment rate is good news overall, for residents in jeopardy of losing their benefits, we have a clear obligation to make sure they are aware of the assistance that’s available,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.  “Our Department of Labor and Department of Social Services have a clear mission — to make sure that our state’s safety net is in place and helping residents during this difficult time."

When Connecticut's unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent, state residents became ineligible for an extended benefits period that went beyond the 73 weeks now available.

The state's plan calls for the labor and social services departments to reach out to those losing unemployment benefits to inform them of programs that might help them.

“We are working with community partners to make Connecticut’s safety net services, including food and medical assistance, more accessible to citizens who become eligible after losing unemployment benefits,” said DSS Commissioner Roderick Bremby. 

Richard Porth, President and CEO of the United Way of Connecticut, had this message for those running out of benefits: “United Way 2-1-1 is ready to assist those who are facing the loss of their unemployment benefits. 2-1-1 call specialists will screen these callers for eligibility for SNAP/food stamps, health care coverage, child care assistance and other benefits.  2-1-1 call specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist Connecticut residents find the help they need. Our 2-1-1 database can also be searched online at www.211ct.org.”

Kathie May 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
NO!!!!!! CT unemployment rate is not 7.7 it is much higher ..we are the highest in the country.. Drinking the koolaid again Malloy
Andrew Ziemba May 21, 2012 at 01:06 AM
This guy keeps getting worse and worse. The STATE does not have an obligation to do ANYTHING. Its citizens do. Its churches do. Its non profit organizations do. The STATE does not and the STATE should not. Dannel CERTAINLY should not unless he is volunteering for one of he above during a mission trip. How many people regardless of political affiliation actually listen to and watch mainstream media news? Seriously, 7.7% Unemployment? HA! How about underemployment? The best thing the STATE can do about unemployment is as follows. 1) Immediately cut the salaries of ALL state workers making more than 50k per year TO 50k per year. If they don't like it, tough. You are supposed to serve the people, not yourselves. 2) Abolish the gas tax completely 3) End ALL entitlements immediately 4) Abolish minimum wage laws immediately 5) End the state income tax. Yes, 0%, immediately Take the heaping piles of cash that are left over and would otherwise be stuffing state worker's bank accounts, and give it back to those who paid it in the first place.
Kathie May 21, 2012 at 09:45 AM
well said
Spiff May 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Malloy is pouring the koolaid down everyone's throat!
Andrew Ziemba May 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Dannel is just like Obama. He has learned well. When you throw bird seed into the air the birds will flock to you and love you, but only so long as you keep feeding them.
Bob Lyke May 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The CT unemployment data keep getting more convoluted. The large number of high school and college graduates that are unemployed are not part of the statistics because they do do qualify for unemployment.
Harry Sawyer May 22, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Andrew, I admire your attention to what is going on. The private sector is paying all of these "safety net" benefits. If you receive a government check, the revenue is being stolen from someone else. If you work, you pay. If you don't work, you get paid. A fix all. RON PAUL/2012. Thank you.
Sam May 22, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Andrew The State of Connecticut is run by fools if they think that all these entitlement programs are going to help the problem. If you dont work you can get state supplied health insurance, food stamps, section 8 housing etc. If you work on the other hand, you pay for your own food, and you pay your own rent and a lot of jobs dont even offer health insurance,. "I am not seeing the incentive to go find a job here". Welfare should be like unemployment, If you are able bodied it should have a time limit on it.

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