DOL: Self-employed Connecticut residents can now apply for unemployment aid


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — More than 20 percent of the state has now filed for unemployment – the highest it’s been since the Great Depression. Starting April 30, self-employed Connecticut residents can now apply for unemployment benefits.

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According to the Department of Labor, federal guidelines require that self-employed individuals, including independent contractors and “gig” workers, first apply through the Connecticut unemployment system located here.

Self-employed individuals will follow this two-step application process:

Step 1). Beginning April 30:

  • File a regular state claim application with the Connecticut Department of Labor at, using the BLUE button to file.  

NOTE: Self-employed individuals who already filed a claim application through this system SHOULD NOT file again. The agency has these original claims and a duplicate is not needed.

  • After completing and submitting your application, look for an email from CTDOL:

“Thank you for submitting your online application for unemployment compensation benefits with the Connecticut Department of Labor. … Please look for a CONFIRMATION EMAIL notifying you that your claim has been processed. This email will include your NEXT STEPS information including instructions for when to start filing your weekly claims.

  • Look for a second email from CTDOL:

“Your claim for benefits has been processed! If this is a new claim then we are sending information regarding your claim via US mail.”

  • Look for your eligibility determination (Form UC-58 Monetary Determination) that must be sent through the US mail service.
  • If the UC-58 Monetary Determination shows that you have a “zero” weekly benefit rate (which means you do not have wage earnings in the state system) you are not eligible for state benefits and are eligible to file in the ReEmployCT system for self-employed individuals.
  • If the UC-58 Monetary Determination shows a weekly benefit rate, you have wage earnings in the state system and are entitled to collect state unemployment benefits.

Step 2). Once You Receive Your UC-58 in the Mail:

  • Go to CTDOL for the link to PUA button (this button will be posted to the site next week).
  • The PUA system will have a record of your state benefit ineligibility status.
  • Complete the PUA application –
  • Applicants will need 2019 IRS forms, 1099, 2019 W-2s, and Schedule C.  Applicants will be asked to provide earnings for 2019, broken down by quarters. Those without tax records for 2019 can self-attest their earnings, but will be subject to audit.
  • Applicants will be asked the date when COVID-19 impacted their employment. Federal guidelines allow this to go back to Feb. 2, 2020. If an unemployed status goes back to retroactive weeks, the system asks the claimant for weekly earnings through the current week filing.
  • Once the PUA application is completed, if applicants did not select a payment method when filing under the state unemployment system, they will select their method of payment (direct deposit or debit card – the agency recommends direct deposit for much faster payment). Payment selection is made by returning to and selecting the “method of payment” green button.

There are more detailed instructions on filing for unemployment that can be found here.

Earlier this week, an additional $600 was distributed to families who have already applied for unemployment.

The additional $600 weekly payment, known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, was created as part of the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is retroactive to March 29, 2020 and will be provided ‪through July 25, 2020‬.

If you applied for jobless benefits over the weekend, you should have seen that money drop into your account this week. If you filed before that, you’ll receive your retroactive $600 weekly payments in full at the end of the week.

Lisa Antonecchia, a local wedding planner, is one of those people. She said 11 of the 24 wedding she was planning for the rest of the year have canceled, causing her financial distress.

She said got a disaster loan but it was only for $1,000. She said the extra $600 would really help.

“That $600 extra boost would just be amazing right now,” she told News 8’s Stephanie Simoni. “Not just for me but for every single sole proprietor I know because we’re all in this right now. We’re all doing the doggy paddle as we try to keep our head above water.

Those who receive payments through direct deposit should begin seeing the additional amount appearing in their bank accounts by Tuesday.

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