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Rhode Island Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Program Description

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Rhode Island's eligibility requirements.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Rhode Island during the past 12 to 18 months and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to work and available for work each week that you are collecting benefits.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

In order to establish your initial claim for Unemployment Insurance, you may do so online at:
If you have questions or wish to file your initial claim over the phone, please call the Claims Intake and General Claims Information number at: 401-243-9100
Customers may call the Call Center Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web site at:
For more information, please visit our web site at: