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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.

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

There were 471 Wilton residents unemployed as of last month, according to the latest statistics from the state Department of Labor. The stats show the unemployment rate in Wilton at 5.7 percent in November. There were 7,801 employed workers in Wilton, 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.

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Alethiologist December 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM
If Wilton town employees were not so overpaid, we could afford to temporarily hire some of the unemployed in town, at nominal rates for various and sundry tasks. Some ideas: brush clearing, tree planting, park cleanup, painting, audit accounting records, examine ways to improve insurance coverage, provide clarity to IT issues, help reengineer town procedures. But Brennan et al prefer to give themselves salary increases....at rates exceeding increases given to some federal workers instead of helping citizens.

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