On December 2, 2011, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Connecticut job seekers, workforce officials, and CT state Department of Labor officials at the KRA/CTWorks office in New Britain and delivered an impassioned call-to-action for his colleagues in Congress to extend UI (Unemployment Insurance) benefits…set to expire before the New Year…for unemployed workers. Authorization for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program and full federal funding of the Extended Benefits program will expire on December 31, 2011, causing benefits to run out for thousands of families and individuals struggling to find work in the state. In Connecticut, there are 102,000 individuals receiving UI benefits, and 23,200 more individuals in the state will lose UI benefits starting in January if Congress fails to pass an extension.
Kimberly Staley, KRA/CTWorks Program Manager reported, “In October, Senator Blumenthal held a press conference at our KRA/CTWorks One-Stop office in Hartford to announce his proposal, Pathways Back to Work, which has now been introduced in the Senate. He explained how his program would ‘subsidize employment for unemployed adults, promote summer and year-round jobs for youth, and create a competitive-grant program to support work-based training, and tax credits for hiring long-term unemployed.’ We are so grateful and fortunate to have an advocate like Senator Blumenthal in the Congress fighting, not just for Connecticut’s unemployed residents, but for all U.S. citizens.”