Connecticut Senate Democrats' Resources for Jobseekers

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.

Employment Assistance Sites is a website of jobseeker services created by the Connecticut Department of Labor. Do you need a résumé? Would you like employers to search for you? CTHires allows registered job seekers to build an online résumé that can be searched by employers that are hiring! Searching for jobs is easy! Enter a keyword for the type of work you are seeking, desired location and click “Search”.

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.

Connecticut Labor Market Information

Links to more employment assistance Web sites including employment search engines and job postings such as and Career Builder.

CTWorks Career Centers

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.

  • Bridgeport — 203-455-2700
  • Danbury — 203-730-0457
  • Danielson — 860-412-7000
  • Derby (Valley) — 860-734-3443
  • Enfield — 860-745-8097
  • Hamden — 203-859-3200
  • Hartford — 860-256-3700
  • Manchester — 860-643-2222
  • Meriden — 203-238-6148
  • Middletown — 860-754-5000
  • New Britain — 860-827-6200
  • New London — 860-439-7400
  • Norwich — 860-859-5777
  • Torrington — 860-496-3300
  • Waterbury — 203-437-3380
  • Willimantic — 860-786-6200

Dislocated Worker Packet
& the Career Express

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).

Job Training Programs

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.

The Office of Apprenticeship Training—Apprenticeship, in simple terms, is a program of “learning while earning.” Unlike other vocational training, which is held in a school setting, apprenticeship is based solidly on an employer-employee relationship. The apprentice employee has voluntarily entered into a mutual agreement with an employer regarding training. It can thus be perceived that employment and training are interrelated. Apprenticeship can be seen as part of the “conditions of work.” The Apprenticeship Index gives more detailed information on apprenticeable trades.

Unemployment Insurance

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.

  • Ansonia — 203-230-4939
  • Bridgeport — 203-579-6291
  • Bristol — 860-566-5790
  • Danbury — 203-797-4150
  • Danielson — 860-423-2521
  • Enfield — 860-566-5790
  • Hamden — 203-230-4939
  • Hartford — 860-566-5790
  • Manchester — 860-566-5790
  • Meriden — 860-344-2993
  • Middletown — 860-344-2993
  • New Britain — 860-566-5790
  • New London — 860-443-2041
  • Norwich — 860-443-2041
  • Stamford — 203-348-2696
  • Torrington — 860-482-5581
  • Waterbury — 203-596-4140
  • Willimantic — 860-423-2521
  • TDD/TTY — 1-800-842-9710
  • Interstate — 1-800-942-6653 (from out-of-state)
    or 860-256-3900 (from in-state)

Other Resources & Free Tax Prep

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.

illustration of tax formThe 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. The IRS has a web page wheere you can search for a VITA site near you. 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 Free training on tax software and tax law is provided by area VITA programs.