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Is Unemployment Necessary As Connecticut And Other States Reopen?

Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
An empty lot at Midway Restaurant & Pizza along Rt. 44 in Ashford, Connecticut on March 20, 2020.

1.5 million people filed for unemployment last week according to the US Department of Labor, despite states re-opening in the last month. 

This hour, we look at unemployment insurance during the pandemic. Many Connecticut residents who have been laid off have been getting by with a combination of money from state unemployment insurance and a $600 weekly benefit from the federal government.

But that money is set to expire next month.

Governor Lamont has said he doesn’t support extending that benefit because he believes it “discourages work”.  Coming up we find out the impact of unemployment insurance on both workers and employers.

And we want to hear from you, too. Have you been receiving unemployment?


  • Greg Hladky - Reporter for the Connecticut Mirror
  • Annelies Goger – David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program
  • Mark Soycher - Human Resource Counsel for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA)

Cat Pastor contributed to this show