Rhode Island

Rhode Island Extended Unemployment

The economy continues to show very little improvement, making it difficult for those who are unemployed to find a job to replace the one that they lost. Without a steady paycheck, financial problems can arise, leading to emotional instability that can affect your entire life. Even if you're receiving unemployment benefits, you may find that those benefits will run out before you can get a new job. If you find yourself long term unemployed, and aren't sure what your options are, you need to contact the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to find out if you qualify for long term unemployment benefits.

Rhode Island extended unemployment benefits are slightly different from regular unemployment benefits. The federal government is responsible for funding extended unemployment benefits, and a state is eligible based on its current economic situation. Whether you are eligible for extended unemployment benefits or not depends on many factors, including recent changes in legislation, the current state of the economy, and Rhode Island's unemployment rate. Recently, a program was added for people who have exhausted regular unemployment benefits and the federally funded extended benefits.

This program is funded by the state of Rhode Island, and has a current maximum of twenty weeks. The number of weeks of extended benefits that you would qualify for is dependent upon your personal situation. You can call (401) 243-9100 for general claims information in Rhode Island. They will be able to help you figure out whether or not extended unemployment eligibility is a possibility for you, or direct you to someone else who can help you determine your eligibility. If you're calling from out of state, you should call (866) 557-0001 for assistance. The call center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. until noon, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

If you feel that you will not be able to find employment before your regular unemployment benefits end, you should contact someone at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training as soon as possible. This will help to reduce or eliminate any delays in between your regular benefits and your extended benefits, should you be eligible for them.


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