January 22, 2018

Jackson: High volume of unemployment claims results in benefits delays

Connecticut's labor chief says issuing benefits by direct deposit or debit card for newly filed unemployment claims are being delayed up to 18 days due to high volume.

Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson said cold weather shutdowns, holiday closings, school vacations and other seasonal factors result in a peak period for new claims that typically begins the last week of December and continues through the third week of January.

The number of new claims is nearly 300 percent higher than normal, Jackson said, a situation similar to last year.

Although there are up to 9,000 new claims a week being filed during this time, those individuals that have already established a claim and are filing weekly will not experience any delays, he said.

New and weekly claims are now filed using an online system located at www.FileCTUI.com.

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