Rhode Island

File and Collect Rhode Island Unemployment

Rhode Island residents who find themselves out of a job due to a down economy need to know how to collect unemployment. Like other states, Rhode Island makes it easy for people eligible to collect unemployment. The state's Department of Labor and Training handles the unemployment filing process. The program is designed to provide temporary funds to people who are out of work through no fault of their own.

The program is funded through unemployment insurance paid by employers. All of the information needed to file a claim can be located at http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/, the website for the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. Claims may be filed on line by following the appropriate links on the website. For those who may not have a computer, filing for unemployment can be accomplished by telephone by calling the Claims Intake and General Information Number:(401) 243-9100 during normal business hours.

Persons who file unemployment in Rhode Island must provide the following: Name, physical address, mailing address, if it is different from the street address, current state of residence, telephone number, email address, birth date, social security number and a state identification card or driver's license number. Other information that will be required includes number of dependents, and current and past work history. Filing unemployment in Rhode Island does not mean that the filer will automatically receive benefits. The reasons for leaving a job also factor into whether the application will be approved. A applicant should also be actively seeking work.

Rhode Island residents who are out of work can benefit from filing unemployment. Unemployment amounts vary, but are generally based on the amount earned from working the first four of the last five quarters before applying for benefits. The maximum amount that can be collected is just over $550 per week and initial benefits may be received for up to 26 weeks. The minimum benefit is $68 per week. There are also adjustments for dependents. If a recipient earns funds from other sources while drawing unemployment, he or she must report this when a weekly claim is filed. Failing to report these additional funds could lead to loss of benefits and legal action.

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