The Connecticut Department of Labor launched a website containing spreadsheets that breaks down information on people who have filed for unemployment in the state by age, industry, gender, and town.
The public release of the information will provide a valuable insight to municipal and state governments for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The website was developed by the agency’s Office of Research in an effort to track unemployment data from January 2015 to April 2020. Due to the large number of unemployment claims being processed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the April 2020 data is preliminary only.
“This site records processed initial claims, and includes statewide and town-by-town unemployment claims data that can serve as a tool for those municipal leaders looking for information that can help them with determining town budgets or those industries that may need more assistance in returning to business as usual,” Connecticut Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby said.
Initial claims are applications for Unemployment Benefits. Initial Claims may not result in receiving UI benefits if the individual doesn’t qualify.
Continued Claims are the total number of individuals being paid benefits in any particular week.
“With so many unemployment claims related to the COVID-19 virus, it is especially important for government to use every piece of information to make wise decisions that help our citizens and the state’s economy. As we look at ways to get people back to work in a safe and responsible manner, this data can play an important role in analyzing trends and making future decisions.”
Here is the breakdown:
Processed initial claims by town, click here.
Processed initial claims by industry, click here.
Processed initial claims by gender, click here.
Processed initial claims by age, click here.
Processed initial claims by race, click here.
You can visit the website here.
Gig workers, independent contractors, freelancers and self-employed workers who lost their income due to the coronavirus may now qualify for unemployment insurance starting April 30, thanks to expanded benefits included in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.
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