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Thousands Wait Months For Unemployment Compensation During COVID

Sep 8, 2020
Jamie Kelo visits Avery Point Beach in Groton nearly every day as a way of managing stress. “When I come here, I feel like my problems go away. I can really focus,” Kelo said. “Because it’s just too much.”
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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.

She was wrong.

Lamont Defends $1 Boost In Minimum Wage

Sep 1, 2020
Gov. Ned Lamont signs the $15 minimum wage bill in 2019.
Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

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.

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Elogia More finished her final shift at the Aetna building in Hartford at 1:30 a.m. on March 19.  The next day, the cleaning company she spent the last four years working for sent a layoff notice.

Christine and Steve Schwartz interview job candidates in a parking lot outside their business, Express Employment Professionals in Shelton. Christine Schwartz says with the extra $600 unemployment benefit running out, more people are looking for work.
Ali Oshinskie / Connecticut Public Radio

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.