Connecticut’s hotline to file unemployment claims is opening for extra hours to handle a flood of new calls.
Connecticut’s Labor Department reports the state unemployment rate dipped to 8.9 percent in September, falling below 9 percent for the first time in almost two years.
State labor officials say Connecticut lost 8,600 jobs in August even as the unemployment rate dipped to 9 percent.
State labor officials say they have recently halted work by 19 companies at six construction sites in Westport.
A Bridgeport organization has been awarded over $300,000 to continue a program designed to help former convicts find work.
The Connecticut Department of Labor says its unemployment benefits call centers will be open Monday despite the state holiday observing President’s Day.