Report: 43K in CT Could Lose Unemployment Benefits

If Congress goes over the fiscal cliff, Connecticut would not receive any more unemployment benefits from the federal government. Six percent of Orange residents are unemployed.


About 43,000 people in Connecticut who receive unemployment benefits from the federal government are in danger of losing them if Congress goes over the fiscal cliff.

If Congress does not reauthorize the program, those who receive the federal unemployment benefits—those on top of what the state gives—could lose them by Saturday, Dec. 29, according to a report by Connecticut News Junkie.

Connecticut gives six months of unemployment insurance, and the federal government kicks in money to fund an emergency extension of benefits when the economy is experiencing times of slow job growth, News Junkie reports. It would cost $30 billion to keep the program going nationwide.

The loss of federal money could affect thousands of people here in Naugatuck. 

There were 433 Orange residents unemployed as of last month, according to the latest statistics from the state Department of Labor. The stats show the unemployment rate in Orange at 6 percent in November. There were 7,183 eligible workers in Orange, and 6,750 of them were employed, according to the report.

Last month, the unemployment rate for Connecticut (seasonally adjusted) was 8.8 percent; 7.7 percent was the national unemployment rate (also, seasonally adjusted). 

The unemployment benefit loss is one of the major ways in which Connecticut would be affected if Congress goes over the fiscal cliff. President Obama is currently working with members of Congress in an attempt to find a solution.

Read the complete CT News Junkie article.

john December 31, 2012 at 01:25 PM
It serves everyone right, you get the government you deserve. If people had seeked information, they would have known that Obama was going to raise taxes, further attempt to strip liberties, and use every means available. Now you have a president who is not pro job growth, and is all for going over the cliff to raise all taxes. Not just the so called rich. Nice Job!
Michael January 17, 2013 at 08:07 PM
I finally realized we all can't use our fancy degrees, work on Wall street or Behind a desk at some office building .my unemployment was running out and simply could'nt live off it anyway. decided to look in the mirror one day and face reality I'm going to have to roll my sleeves up and start making money on my own. So I started my own business finally of government assistance and proud.


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