No Holiday for Unemployment Office

Even though it’s a holiday, the state office that helps people who are out of work is open for business to help the many state residents who have lost their jobs. 

Gov. M. Jodi Rell is requiring that the Department of Labor operate unemployment call centers Monday, Presidents Day. 

Connecticut has lost nearly 30,000 jobs in the past year and unemployment has jumped from 4.8 to just over 7 percent.

The Department of Labor has been issuing 100,000 unemployment checks each week - 60 percent more than it did last year.

To accommodate the increased need, call center hours were extended and temporary staff was added.

The call centers will be open today from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. The state's Web site lists locations and phone numbers.

To find out what companies have issued big layoffs, see NBCConnecticut's job loss map.  

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