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Max. Weekly Benefit Amount
$707
Max. Weeks of Benefits
26
Current Jobless Rate
5.8%
Max Weekly Benefit Amount
$707
Max Weeks of benefits
26
Current Jobless rate
5.8%

Updated : August 11th, 2021

Rhode Island (RI) Unemployment Benefits

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) provides Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to those who lost their job through no fault of their own. To receive UI benefits in the state, one should meet certain eligibility criteria. Read through the page to know more about the unemployment benefits eligibility requirements and overpayment of benefits.

Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Rhode Island

To collect Rhode Island unemployment benefits, an applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Monetary Eligibility

An applicant can monetarily qualify for the Unemployment Insurance in Rhode Island if he or she has earned at least $13,800 in either the regular base period or an alternate base period. If the applicant did not earn this amount, he or she might qualify only if he or she meets the following conditions:

  • The applicant must have earned at least $2,300 in one of the base period quarters
  • The applicant must have total base period taxable wages of at least one and one-half times his or her highest-paid quarter earnings
  • The applicant has total base period taxable wages of at least $4,600

Note – In Rhode Island, the regular base period is the first four of the five complete calendar quarters before the start date of an unemployment claim. The alternative base period is the last four completed calendar quarters preceding the first day of a benefit year.

Job Separation

The applicant must also meet job separation requirements to be eligible for Rhode Island unemployment benefits. They include:

  • The applicant must be fully or partially unemployed through no fault of his or her own
  • The applicant has a medical condition and cannot work
  • The applicant quit his or her job due to an unsafe workplace
  • The applicant quit his or her job due to harassment at his or her workplace
  • The applicant quit his or her job as he or she planned to move out with his or her spouse who is serving in the military
  • The applicant quit his or her job due to the domestic violence

Eligibility requirements – overview


Maintaining Eligibility

An applicant should maintain his or her eligibility criteria throughout the benefit year to receive Rhode Island unemployment benefits without any hassle. An applicant can maintain eligibility requirements through the following methods:

  • Be able and available for work
  • Actively seek for a job
  • Accept a suitable job offer
  • Document using the Work Search Activity Log
  • Apply for three full-time jobs per week

Find out on job search requirements

How To Apply For UI Benefits In Rhode Island?

An applicant must submit the following documents to file for Rhode Island unemployment benefits:

An applicant can apply for unemployment benefits in Rhode Island through any of the following methods:

Online

An applicant can file for unemployment benefits online. This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to apply for benefits. To apply online, visit https://dlt.ri.gov/ui/applyforbenefits/.

Telephone

An applicant can also file for benefits by calling (401) 415-6772. For interstate claims, he or she can call (866) 557-0001.
Note– The state has a 7-day waiting period (Sunday through Saturday) at the start of a new claim. The Department will not pay benefits until the applicant completes a 7-day waiting period.

How To File Weekly Claims

An applicant must file a claim each week that he or she wishes to receive unemployment benefits. The weekly claims can be filed online or by telephone.

Learn how to claim weekly benefits

UI Benefits Amount

The weekly benefit rate in RI will be equal to 3.85% of the average of the total earnings in the highest two-quarters of the base period and will not exceed the defined maximum amount. In Rhode Island, the maximum weekly benefit a claimant can receive is $599, and the minimum is $59.

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Things To Know After Filing An Application

There are a few aspects that a claimant must know after applying for Rhode Island unemployment benefits.

Overpayments

Claimants may sometimes receive unemployment overpayments due to administrative errors, reversal of previous awards, identity theft, or willful misrepresentation. In case of overpayment, the Department of Labor & Training will send a Notice of Overpayment, and the claimant must repay the extra amount. If the claimant fails to pay back the overpaid benefits, the Department will deduct the amount from future benefits or withhold tax refund(s) and lottery winnings to recover the extra amount paid.
A claimant can repay the overpaid benefits by sending checks or money orders to the Department. However, if the claimant does not agree with the overpayment notice, he or she can file an overpayment appeal through mail to or fax to the following address:
Department of Labor & Training, Overpayment Unit
P.O. Box 20380
Cranston, RI 02920

Overpayment Through Fraud

If a claimant receives benefits through false statements or willful misrepresentation, he or she will have a penalty in addition to repaying the overpaid benefits. The Department may also file a criminal case against such claimants and disqualify them from receiving unemployment benefits.

Benefits Extension

The Department offers extended benefits when the state’s unemployment rate is too high or an economic downturn throughout the country. To know more about the extended benefits, one can visit DLT.

Job Training Assistance

The Rhode Island Workforce Development Services Division offers programs that help job seekers in finding suitable employment. Their programs include:

  1. Layoff assistance
    • WARN
    • Rapid Response
    • WorkShare
    • Foreign Labor Certification
  2. Training
    • WIOA Eligible Training Programs
    • EmployRI
    • Real Jobs RI
  3. Job hunt help
    • State and Municipal Jobs
    • For Veterans
  4. NetWORKri
    • Job fairs
    • workshops

Know more job training opportunities in RI

Rhode Island Phone Numbers

Find the below-listed phone numbers of unemployment offices in Rhode Island:

Rhode Island Unemployment Office Numbers

Claims center (401) 415-6772
Interstate claims (866) 557-0001
Claim Appeals (401) 462-8300
Unemployment fraud Hotline (401) 462-1522

Locate your nearest unemployment office



Frequently Asked Question

Q. Can I qualify for UI benefits if my working hours are reduced?
You may be eligible for partial benefits if your hours are reduced. However, you will be paid less than what your weekly benefit amount would be if you were to be fully unemployed.
Q. Can I collect UI benefits while on workers’ compensation?
You can receive workers’ compensation when you are injured and cannot work. But you must be able, available and actively looking for work in order to collect UI benefits. This indicates that you cannot collect UI benefits while you are in workers’ compensation.
Q. How will I receive my payments?
When you file a new claim, you will have the option to select your payment method: direct deposit or electronic payment card (EPC). The Department recommends choosing payment via direct deposit to reduce delays in receiving your payment. Once a payment has been authorized, it gets deposited in 48 hours.

Questions & Answers

  1. i certified for RI benefits on 30th August 2020,and my 1st week to certify for benefits was 6th September,2020 but i forgot to certify during that time so i was going through my mail and saw i’ve been sent eligibilty mail to start certifying for benefits but im unable to create a pin and start certifying for benefits.please help me out.

    1. Dailyn,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim file. Please contact the Unemployment Office directly.

  2. I was laid off on July 3, 2019. I have received two unemployment checks. Will I be getting retro pay for the other weeks I was unemployed? I have returned to work and no longer need to collect unemployment, however, I was hoping to receive unemployment for the full five weeks I was collecting.

    1. Robin,

      UI benefits are not retrospective in nature. You will only receive what you apply for on a weekly basis. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  3. I still have a part time job that’s about 20 hours a week, but got laid off from another job that was 25 hours a week. Could I be eligible for unemployment?

    1. If it’s a reduction from the full-time job you worked, you can be eligible.

      Please speak to the Unemployment Office for clarification.

    1. Yes, you can be eligible to draw UI benefits if you were laid off due to involuntary reasons.

      Please consider applying until you find employment.

    1. You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  4. Its to get in touch with a human in Rhode Island to collect your unemployment benefits. I feel they live behind a Iron Curtain they call a call center. BS . . . BS bullshit

  5. Laid off 6 years ago. worked in DC and lived in Virginia. Been living in Rhode Island for 2 years and unable to find work in my field and wanted to know how to apply for unemployment insurance.

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