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Unemployment Offices Open on President’s Day

HARTFORD — Unemployed workers in Connecticut may file for benefits on President’s Day Monday.

The Associated Press is reporting that the state Department of Labor’s call centers for filing unemployment insurance claims will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Offices also were open Friday, a state holiday marking Lincoln’s birthday.

The call centers operate on extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. The Saturday hours were added recently to help handle a large volume of claims, which are about 40 percent higher than at last year.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate in December was 8.9 percent, up from 6.6 percent in December 2008.

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