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IMPORTANT: If you become unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19),
you should file for unemployment benefits. Eligibility will be determined on
a case-by-case basis. DOL are processing claims as quickly as possible and
appreciate your patience during this difficult time. --Another important announcement by Governor Lamont:  If you are an unemployment claimant, you have access to FREE online job training programs.  Please go to this website for more information.


Emergency funds ($200 per household) are available through the United Way for working households whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID.  Eligible households must have a cell phone and email account.  To inquire about this assistance, please send an email to Be sure to include your cell phone # and a brief explanation of how your employment income has been impacted by COVID, i.e reduced hours, layoff, job loss. 

Unemployment Filing

For faster claims processing:
 Answer YES to the question “Do you have a DEFINITE return to work date
after today?”
 If you do not know your return to work date but expect to return to your
job, enter 04/15/2020 for your return to work date when prompted.
 Have your employer’s DOL registration number available. If you do not have
the number, enter 99-999-95.
 When you are asked if you are able and available for full-time work on either
your initial claim or your weekly claims, please answer “No” only if you are
out of work because YOU are sick.
 If your employer is shutting down for a period of time because of COVID-19
and will be paying you your usual wages for this time, you are not eligible
for unemployment.
 Due to the very high volume of claims being filed, we strongly recommend
that you select direct deposit to your bank account as your method of
payment. This is the most efficient means of payment and will avoid any
potential delays in waiting for a debit card to be mailed to you.
 We are working as fast as we can to process the claims we are receiving.
Please watch your email for important notifications that will give you
information on the status of your claim and next steps in filing. Emails to look
out for include:
o Your claim has been successfully submitted – this means that DOL has
received your claim and will process it as soon as possible.
o Your claim has been processed – this means that DOL has processed
your claim and you need to follow the next steps on the email to receive

To file for unemployment directly click on this link: File for Unemployment.


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**American Job Center Information**

As you may know, the American Job Center offices remain close but they are still available to discuss their services through email and via phone number.  If you have any questions related to unemployment filing, job search strategies, etc. feel free to contact Earl at .