Rhode Island

Apply and Receive Rhode Island Unemployment

Losing your job can be a rather frightening time especially during this weak and unsteady economy. To help bridge the financial gap between jobs, workers in Rhode Island may be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. Your first step toward determining eligibility is completing the Rhode Island application for unemployment.

To receive unemployment benefits as soon as possible, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training recommends filing within seven days of unemployment. There is a one week waiting period to serve after filing an initial claim.

To quickly complete the Rhode Island unemployment application for the first time, log onto the department's main website at http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/. Choose the link under the "Online Claims" tab and follow the onscreen instructions. New applicants may apply for unemployment in Rhode Island online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Receiving unemployment benefits after filing online may take anywhere from seven to 10 days after the waiting period.

You may also choose to file your initial Rhode Island application for unemployment over the telephone. To do so, call the main call center 401-243-9100 locally, or call 1-866-557-0001 if you are calling from out of state. The call center is open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesdays, and from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Fridays.

You will need to use a touchtone phone and must create a personal identification number (PIN) before using Rhode Island's Teleserve or online system. Currently, Rhode Island workers are unable to create a PIN online and instead must contact the call center to choose one.

The information you will need to complete your Rhode Island unemployment application whether filing online or over the phone includes your Social Security number, contact information, the dates you were employed over the last two years, your earnings, and the contact information for your previous employers. Non US citizens will also need to provide their alien registration numbers.

To receive unemployment benefits in Rhode Island you must be willing and able to work and actively seek new employment while collecting your compensation. The maximum amount of time you are able to collect benefits in the state is 26 weeks.

If you have more questions or general inquiries about receiving unemployment benefits in the state of Rhode Island you may contact the state's call center at 401-243-9100 during their regular business hours.

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Rhode Island