It’s been a slow recovery since the global recession hit Connecticut. Many families continue to be worried about lay-offs and how they’ll make ends meet. In these difficult times, there is assistance available. This page provides a list of services and contact information that might be useful for you, a family member, friend or neighbor.
CT JobCentral is an online job bank where individuals can search for jobs as well as upload their resume and access various other employment related information. CT JobCentral is a state labor exchange in alliance with the JobCentral national labor exchange.
CT Job and Career ConneCTion provides various services to assist individuals seeking employment, including self-assessment tools to find the right occupation, general information about various careers and various links to search for jobs and employers.
State of Connecticut jobs and exams are listed on the State Employment Web site, offering information regarding state employment exams, links to the exams, and State job postings.
Summaries of Job Qualifications and Salary ranges
Links to more employment assistance Web sites including employment search engines and job postings such as Monster.com and Career Builder.
CTWorks Career Centers are located throughout the state and are available to provide guidance and services to those seeking employment. Thier Web site provides local office directions and contact information. Below are their regional centers.
The Department of Labor’s Rapid Response/Dislocated Worker Information Packet provides information to help both workers and employers ease the impact of layoffs, as well as to ensure workers are offered a full range of benefits and services.
For further assistance contact CTWorks Career Centers (listed above) or Regional Workforce Investment Boards (listed below).
STEP-Up for Vets—The Unemployed Armed Forces Member Subsidized Training and Employment Program is designed to help former military combat personnel find new employment. The expanded armed forces program is similar to the STEP-Up wage subsidy program except that it is open to any company, regardless of size.
Jobs Funnel Initiative—The Jobs Funnel Initiative is comprised of public-private efforts to place unemployed and underemployed individuals in a variety of employment opportunities including construction and non-construction jobs in both union and non-union settings and apprenticeship training programs.
State Energy Sector Partnership—Tuition assistance and training opportunities are available to Connecticut jobseekers and businesses. Individuals seeking employment in careers in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other industries with a green focus, may qualify for tuition assistance. No-cost training is available to municipal building officials to prepare them for implementation of Connecticut’s new building codes and increase familiarity with green building technology. Businesses interested in sustainability practices, incorporating green technology into current practices, or providing additional knowledge and skills to incumbent workers, may also benefit from the State Energy Sector Partnership grant’s offerings.
Connecticut Conservation Corps—This 15-week work experience/training program provides opportunities for young adults to develop skills and experience to pursue good-paying career opportunities in occupations relevant to the state’s green economy. Participants work to protect natural and cultural resources and preserve the beauty of state parks, forests, wildlife management areas and cultural/historical sites.
You can apply for unemployment benefits online if you are totally unemployed at this time, had only one employer in the last six months and are a U.S. citizen, or a non-citizen with a valid Alien Registration Number. This online tool is available in Spansih as well as English.
An in-depth set of links on unemployment insurance and benefits for both claimants and workers, as well as employers, is available. These could be useful for someone who has just lost his or her job and is seeking assistance through the state’s unemployment insurance program.
To file claims by phone use the TeleBenefits phone numbers in the local calling areas listed below.
The United Way of Connecticut has put together an excellent resource document titled Where To Turn in Connecticut When You Become Unemployed (PDF file). It contains information regarding unemployment insurance, medical benefits, legal assistance, and help with job searches and money management.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $39,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. IRS certified volunteers receive training to help prepare basic tax returns. In addition to getting your taxes prepared for free most sites also offer electronic filing (e-filing), which allows you to receive your refund in half the time compared to returns filed on paper.
VITA sites are open from the end of January through early April, most sites are appointment only. Use this link to download a PDF file with the many VITA sites in Connecticut. You can also call 2-1-1 Infoline to locate a site near you.
If you are interested in volunteering as a tax preparer or greeter at a VITA site please visit the VITA website, call 860-951-2212 or E-mail Lucille Sclafani at email@example.com. Free training on tax software and tax law is provided by area VITA programs.