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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"Merry Christmas - you're totally screwed"

Dept. of Labor & Training Sends Frosty Christmas Card

Cranston – The Rhode Island Department of Labor (DLT) sent an icy Yule and New Year’s message out to Rhode Island’s unemployed. 

On December 28, 2013 the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program ends.

In a press release earlier in the month, DLT announced letters mailed to 6,000 current unemployed individuals on benefits extension in the state. 

The letter notified recipients that their EUC benefits would cease regardless of whether there was a remaining balance on their claim.

The bottom line – anyone on unemployment who exhausts their initial 26 weeks benefits after that time will not be eligible for any additional unemployment insurance programs.

BLS – Rhode Island lags country in recovery

Nevada and Rhode Island have the highest unemployment rates in the country according to Bureau of Labor Statistics reports released today.

Rhode Island’s unemployment hovered at 9 percent in November where it has been since August. The BLS preliminary numbers for November showed the number of unemployed in the state at 49,513. Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in November.

To read the rest of this article, click here to go to Tracey’s blog.