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The order retroactively and temporarily increased weekly unemployment benefits to $100 for many Connecticut residents, enabling them to qualify for the federal Lost Wages Assistance Program.
In addition, the Connecticut Department of Social Services will provide over $16.5 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Benefits to nearly half of Connecticut’s SNAP participants on Sept. 17.
If approved, the funds will “help fill the hole left when the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program expired on July 26,” the governor said, noting that "this is only a temporary backstop,”
The Department of Labor has processed 617,296 of the 635,772 applications it has received.
With two senior Trump administration officials admitting on Sunday TV talk shows that the unemployment situation could reach levels seen during the Great Depression...
“The task was complicated, due to a 40-year-old mainframe using a COBOL operating system,” noted state Department of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby. “Despite these challenges, we have now processed over 340,000 of the 402,000 claim applications filed since March 13.”