Labor agency warns of likely unemployment processing delays

WETHERSFIELD (AP) — Connecticut Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby says individuals filing new unemployment compensation claims may experience processing delays due to the large volume of new claims.

Westby says December is traditionally the busiest time for new filings due to cold weather shutdowns, holiday closings, school vacations and other seasonal factors. Claims often increase nearly 300 percent, with the peak period continuing through January.

While customers can quickly file an initial claim online , agency staff still must process each application to determine eligibility. Westby says high volume may cause some delay as staff work to determine eligibility, which is a necessary step before benefits can be issued. The agency has developed a tip sheet to help people file first-time claims during this peak period.

Individuals with established unemployment claims should not be affected.



Loading comments...
Hide Comments

Stories that may interest you

UConn trustees endorse budget, plan to close deficits

The University of Connecticut board of trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved a $1.33 billion budget for the university’s Storrs and satellite campuses for next year and a $1.13 billion budget for the Farmington-based health center.

Estranged husband of missing mom says he misses 5 children

The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five says he loves and misses his children, who remain in his mother-in-law's custody while he faces criminal charges

Haddam community mourns 18-year-old killed in Hammonasset State Park crash

Nicholas M. Proto, 18, had just graduated this month from Haddam Killingworth High School.

Report: Minority drivers in Conn. stopped at disproportionate rates

A new report says black and Hispanic drivers in Connecticut continue to be stopped by police at disproportionately high rates and are treated more harshly than whites in many cases after being pulled over