(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL) has successfully programmed its computer system and begun issuing the first round of weekly federal stimulus payments to filers receiving state unemployment benefits, with the first batch of payments having been issued this past weekend. The additional $600 weekly payment, known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, was created as part of the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is retroactive to March 29, 2020 and will be provided through July 25, 2020. For those who already received unemployment benefits for previous weeks – such as April 4, 11, and 18 – the agency will be providing retroactive payments as a lump sum by the end of this week.

Claimants can check their online accounts on the CTDOL website at www.filectui.com and see the deposits were issued over the weekend. Those who receive payments through direct deposit should begin seeing the additional amount appearing in their bank accounts by Tuesday.

The first $600 payments totaled more than $89 million. When combined with nearly $51 million issued in state benefits, the agency provided $140 million in unemployment benefits last weekend.

“Our Department of Labor worked day and night to come up with the technological fixes to ensure benefits were distributed in a timely way to our residents,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “There are hundreds of thousands in our state relying on our Department of Labor to help get them through this crisis, and the state’s loyal and hard-working team never lost sight of that. This is a difficult time for so many, and I appreciate that these new benefits are being distributed.”

“We are pleased to announce that the additional $600 is being added to any benefit issued this past weekend and onward,” Commissioner Westby said. “I want to thank the dedicated and talented staff at the Labor Department, as well as our partners and assisting agencies, for the tireless effort put forth to serve the public. The task was complicated, due to a 40-year-old mainframe using a COBOL operating system. Despite these challenges, we have now processed over 340,000 of the 402,000 claim applications filed since March 13.”

CTDOL continues to work nonstop to implement the remaining two recently established federal stimulus programs:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which provides benefits for self-employed individuals among others, and
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), a 13-week extension that allows eligible claimants to collect the additional weeks after exhausting the 26 weeks of state benefits.

The agency expects to begin accepting applications for PUA on April 30 and plans to have PEUC in operation by mid-May. Both programs will be retroactive.

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(14) comments

Guest

How much interest did the State of CT earn on the money they were given by delaying the payment(s) for a month? In this day of technology, it's hard to believe they could not just add $600 to each UI claimants check.

Guest

It isn’t fair, we have to work,and hope we don’t get sick , they make more money than working and than we do having to work

Guest

No worries if you are an essential worker they are talking about giving each one a $25k bonus through your employer if approved and signed. This stimulus is called the Heroes Fund! You all deserve to be rewarded even the cleaners who provide and service the public! Look it up in YouTube!

Guest

Wow! As one of those people who “are making more money not working” I would like to tell you that I would mist certainly go back to work tomorrow if I hadn’t temporarily lost my job of 17 years through NO fault of my own due to COVID-19! But that’s kind of hard when your company is shut down by the government. Is it fair? Probably not but you cannot fault people for using government programs that were designed for such use to take care of themselves and their families.

Guest

I agree with you... I work for my counties social services and without us these people would not receive benefits (cash and food stamps).. even bigger kicker I have auto immune... and they still receive between 900-1100 a week... I don’t even make that every two!!

Guest

Unionize or die. Sorry ,but thats the choice for all low paid "essential workers".

Guest

Strong words comrade. Unions are often more dangerous than death. They kill jobs or drive them out of the country.

Guest

Girl buy

Guest

Agreed! It’s not fair.

Gwendolyn56

If a person work only 8 hours a week how will they be able to get the $600 dollars a week without apply for unemployment?

Guest

I haven’t got a check. So what do I do now. Nothing I guess because the US. Gov doesn’t allow me access to the site. How or who do I contact to check on this matter??

Guest

I agree I have received no unemployment yet my food stamps closed because they said I was recieving it. And haven’t got any unemployment at all very annoyed.

Guest

I was apply in Washington DC unemploymenfrom 01/04/20, but I have not recite money yet.

Guest

Try getting a job.

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