Rhode Island Unemployment 





Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment 

Click this link to find out if you are eligible to file for unemployment: 

Am I Eligible To Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Have Your Benefits Run Out? 

Click this link to find out how to get an unemployment extension: 

Unemployment Extension

Do I qualify for unemployment benefits? 

  1. You must be unemployed through no fault of your own. 
  2. You must be able to work, available for work, and searching for work. 
  3. You must always be willing to accept a suitable job while you are claiming benefits.
  4. You must have been paid at least $8,880 in either your Base Period or an Alternate Base Period (both are explained in the following sections). If you did not earn this amount, you may be eligible if you meet all of the following conditions:
    • You were paid at least $1480 in one of your Base Period quarters, and
    • You were paid total Base Period wages of at least one and one-half times your highest single quarter earnings, and
    • You were paid total Base Period wages of at least $2960. 

How do I file for unemployment benefits?

Newly unemployed persons may now file a claim online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all Rhode Island Unemployment Insurance programs at https://uiclaims.state.ri.us/RI-ICS/Intro/Index.aspx?AC=yes.

To check the status of your claim, click Access Account Information. You will need your BYE (Benefit Year Ending), Social Security number and PIN number to check your status.

The average turn-around time for UI claims filed online is seven to ten days. 

Unemployment Office Contact Information










Rhode Island Unemployment Website:  https://uiclaims.state.ri.us/RI-ICS/Intro/Index.aspx?AC=yes

Rhode Island Unemployment Phone Number: (401) 243-9100 

Rhode Island Unemployment Address: 

RI Department of Labor and Training

Unemployment Insurance

1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

(401) 462-8400


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If you can't find the answer to your question, you can fill out the comment form below and I will answer your question ASAP, or you can ask the The Unemployment Expert or you can post your question in the Unemployment Forum


# Bob 2011-03-25 16:59
I ran out of mass unemployment but worked in ri 3 yrs ago for over a yr do I qualify to collect RI unemployment. TY Bob
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# Kathy 2012-03-06 09:18
I am collecting a pension from the state of Rhode Island from a Rhode Island Public School. I am presently working in a private school which is about to close in June. I will receive no pension from the private school. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits.
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# Jude B 2011-06-05 14:27
I am a clinical mental health therapist. I was laid off when the agency downsized. I have an opportunity to potentially contract (self employed?!) for some work for a temporary period of time. If I do this, it is temp. could I restart unemployment when it ends?
Also, I am a military spouse and we are scheduled to move from NC to RI. I will not be licensed in RI due to state variations. Is there something that will protect me and allow me to continue??
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# Rick 2011-08-03 14:42
I am going to school(college online)part time and would like to go full time. I am working at present, can I collect if I switch to full time classes?
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# Taylor 2011-09-04 21:43
I worked fast food and at start I worked no less than 20 hours a week. Now I work less than 7. Recently, I have had problems standing for long periods of time (which has been a common problem since I was 12) and have fainted once at work, other times thanks to a poor immune system I have left work early due to vomiting (a huge issue in fast food yet was told to go home because I 'wasn't being a team player'). I am 19...if I quit because I am unable to do the job will I get unemployment?
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# bob 2011-12-29 14:41
Watchout for incompetent people working at the unemployment. You may be getting the wrong information which could affeect your ability to collect. I have heard alot of complaints about the infornmmmation givin to people.
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# Jim 2012-04-04 08:43
The RIDLT scheduled me for an adjudication hearing by phone for 4/3/12 between the hours of 8am-12pm, and they never called. I now cannot get anyone at RIDLT to return my calls regarding their failure to call. What recourse do I have?
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# neniie 2012-06-04 00:43
I have a newborn and i'm also attending school, my school schedule and my work schedule are about the same can I get unemployment benefit if I leave it?
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# Robyn 2012-11-21 17:55
i filed on 11_02_12 and i still have not received anything by mail or phone. nothing. what should i do?
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# Chris 2012-12-19 20:56
My massachusett benefits are about to run out but I have been told I have around 10K in my ri benefits account, can I apply for ri benefits either before my other benefits end or when they do end? ty chris
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# Jen 2012-12-31 12:25
I will be laid off later this year. I signed a retention agreement stating I will receive a certain amount of money if I stay on until the day the company closes. I will also receive separate severance pay. WIll unemployment consider the retention bonus part of my severance package?
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# louise 2013-06-25 10:42
Can I collect unemployment if my plant closes down for 3 weeks straight? Is it legal that they make me use my vacation time to compensate for my loss of wages during those 3 weeks?
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# Robert 2013-07-15 09:37
Quoting Robyn:
i filed on 11_02_12 and i still have not received anything by mail or phone. nothing. what should i do?

hi my name is robert that is the same thing that is happening with me.
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# tracy 2013-07-27 10:30
I have been trying to get my 4 digit pin number since the person called me and told me to do it Thursday snd i have had no luck..it wont let me get a pin after i put in my bye code
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# Courtney 2013-08-21 08:30
I have been working for a company for almost 2 years. Yesterday I got a phone call my uncle was on life support in the ICU. They wouldn't let me leave so I had to quit. Can I collect?
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# jo 2013-09-07 11:09
why I did not quarty for extended benefits, ? why did they open a new claim, plus can they do a combined wage, I moved to fl worked 3 months and got lay off ? is a new claim less money then extended benefits ??
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