Exploring Unemployment Benefits in Connecticut
In order to determine how much you will receive through your federal unemployment benefits, your wages for a 12-month period (base period) will be examined. The base period is drawn from the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the quarter in which you first began your claim. Applicants claiming unemployment benefits on or after January 5, 2003 who are unable to show financial eligibility for the base period will be able to use an alternate base period. Your alternate base period will consist of the four calendar quarters that immediately follow the quarter in which the claim was filed. In order to be eligible for a specific amount of benefits, the law requires that your total earnings during that base period equal 40 times the weekly benefit rate. In most cases, the maximum number of weeks you can receive unemployment benefits is 26 weeks, unless you are given an unemployment benefits extension during a time of high statewide unemployment.