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Report: 43K in CT Could Lose Unemployment Benefits

If Congress goes over the fiscal cliff, Connecticut would not receive any more unemployment benefits from the federal government.

About 43,000 people in Connecticut who receive unemployment benefits from the federal government are in danger of losing them if Congress goes over the fiscal cliff.

If Congress does not reauthorize the program, those who receive the federal unemployment benefits—those on top of what the state gives—could lose them by Saturday, Dec. 29, according to a report by Connecticut News Junkie.

Connecticut gives six months of unemployment insurance, and the federal government kicks in money to fund an emergency extension of benefits when the economy is experiencing times of slow job growth, News Junkie reports. It would cost $30 billion to keep the program going nationwide.

The loss of federal money could affect thousands of people here in Naugatuck. 

There were 1,676 Naugatuck residents unemployed as of last month, according to the latest statistics from the state Department of Labor. The stats show the unemployment rate in Naugatuck at 9.9 percent in November. There were 16,956 eligible workers in Naugatuck, and 15,280 of them were employed, according to the report.

Last month, the unemployment rate for Connecticut (seasonally adjusted) was 8.8 percent; 7.7 percent was the national unemployment rate (also, seasonally adjusted). 

The unemployment benefit loss is one of the major ways in which Connecticut would be affected if Congress goes over the fiscal cliff. President Obama is currently working with members of Congress in an attempt to find a solution.

Read the complete CT News Junkie article.


Mr Mike December 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
OK, I'll be the bad guy. I think everyone ought to understand that the old, limited skill set, labor intensive, production line type jobs are mostly gone and not coming back. Today, a worker needs skills in math, english, computers, computer controlled manufacturing, finance and many other jobs requireing more education/mental ability/education than most of the old production jobs. So, people need to get trained by Government Programs(Unemployment Benefits?) or on their own. I was out of work for two/three extended periods during the recessions of late "70s and early '90s. We got 13 weeks of unemployment usually; maybe 26 one time. I ended up commuting 120 miles each day to the job I finally got after 6 months of hard looking. I really feel 99 weeks of unemployment benefits may be a dis-incentive to accepting a less than "ideal" job.

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