Do I qualify for a second year of benefits?

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Claim length


Your unemployment claim is valid for one year from the date it is filed. If otherwise eligible, you are entitled to 26 weeks of benefits within this 52-week period.  A new claim can be filed upon expiration of this benefit year if you are still unemployed.  


You must meet all of these conditions to receive unemployment benefits again:

  • You returned to work and earned at least $300 per week or five times the weekly benefit rate calculated for your second benefit year (whichever is greater); 
  • You earned those wages from an employer covered by federal or Connecticut Unemployment Insurance law; and
  • You are otherwise eligible.

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