ByJacqueline Rabe Thomas // CTMirror.org•Sep 8, 2020
When Jamie Kelo lost her $20,000-a-year job as a receptionist at a hair salon in New London after COVID-19 touched down in Connecticut, she thought she could rely on unemployment benefits to help cover some of her bills.
Connecticut’s hourly minimum wage increased by a dollar Tuesday to $12 amid a COVID-19 pandemic that has reinforced both the value of low-wage workers and the fragility of the businesses that often rely on them.
The weekly $600 in additional federal unemployment benefits -- a payment more than 20% of Connecticut’s workforce has been relying on -- disappeared as of July 25. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week announced a plan to replace it with a lower payment -- Republicans contend that the $600 per week discourages work.