Connecticut will receive an additional $58.6 million in federal stimulus money to help pay unemployment benefits for state residents, according to Gov. Rell. More than 65,000 jobs have been lost over the last year, and the state’s unemployment rate has risen to 7.9%.

The money is the second installment of a total of $87.9 million the state is receiving for its Unemployment Trust Fund. The first payment, $29.3 million, was received in April.

The state qualified for the money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 by enacting legislation to allow unemployment benefits for workers who leave a job because a spouse is relocating for a job.

For more information about the stimulus funds, visit www.ct.gov and click on the CT Recovery link.