Filing Unemployment Claims? Info that you need to know from CT DOL

July 1, 2021

The CT Department of Labor is reminding residents that the federal unemployment programs established during the pandemic will expire on September 4, 2021.

What programs fall under the federal category?

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA); Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC); Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC); and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC—the $300 weekly supplemental) programs that are currently supporting CTDOL claimants are not expected to be re-authorized by Congress. Connecticut’s state unemployment and extended benefits programs are still available.

These above programs are administered by the U.S. Government. For more information or questions about federal programs, contact your respective Congressional representative.


Per CTDOL, claimants filing their weekly certification will be required to report their work search activity online beginning July 2021.

To avoid a denial of benefits, claimants must make weekly work search efforts that include employer contacts, job training, and other activities.

Beginning July 7, 2020, claimants are required to report their work search efforts online through their weekly claims filing on the green button on The agency urges claimants to keep their June work search documentation in the case of audit.

Claimants must file weekly work searches that demonstrate their efforts to get full-time work unless they are excused from the work search requirement through an employer or other program.

What do I need to do to keep my benefits?

CTDOL urges claimants to visit the webpage for work search details. The CTDOL Consumer Contact Center is available for questions.


Connecticut’s American Job Centers and career service centers are open and continue to provide assistance to job seekers and employers by appointment. Beginning July 1, 2021, American Job Centers (AJC) will be open to walk-in customers for services including unemployment assistance. With social distancing in effect, customers are strongly advised to make an appointment.