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Connecticut Extends Unemployment Benefits, As Federal Support Runs Out

Nam Y. Huh
Associated Press

Connecticut is mailing letters Monday to unemployed workers to tell them how they can receive extended state benefits after a federal weekly benefit runs out next month.  

Daryle Dudzinski, deputy commissioner at the state Department of Labor, says the week ending July 25 is the last week that unemployment benefits would include an extra $600 from the federal government.

Dudzinski says that’s why it’s important for unemployed workers to file for extended state benefits as soon as they receive the letter from his department.

“The goal for you is to receive your money as quickly as possible. And we can’t do that if we have the wrong information. So must verify we have your right direct depos, your saving, your checking account numbers, your routing numbers. ”

Connecticut has received nearly 657,000 applications for unemployment benefits since March 13. So far it’s processed about 633,00, or 96%, of them.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.