Rhode Island Unemployment Department

The department in this state that handles unemployment insurance is called Rhode Island Labor and Training. If you have questions or issues about filing a new or weekly unemployment claim, they should be able to assist you. We provide the contact information for the Rhode Island Unemployment Department below including the location, phone number and government website where you can find out how to file your claims, report fraud, find a job for employees and help businesses grow for employers. We also provide the information on how to file for RI unemployment online and file for unemployment over the phone.

If you lost your job at no fault of your own, then it is important to file your claim right away. Your claim will start with the Sunday of the week in which you first file your claim if you are totally unemployed or employed part-time and earn less than your benefit rate. If you earn more than your benefit rate, your claim will start with the Sunday of the following week. This begins your Benefit Year. The Benefit Year is a 52 week period. In instances when a subsequent claim would cause base periods to overlap, the benefit year is 53 weeks. Any additional claims you submit during this period will have the same Benefit Year. At the time of filing you will need information including your name, street address, mailing address (if different from street address). State of residence, including zip code, state you worked in most recently (if different). Telephone number, email address, date of birth, social Security number, driver’s license number or state-issued identification number and more. To see if you are eligible to receive these benefits and what additional information is needed when applying, find out how to file your Rhode Island unemployment claim. As a reminder, unemployment insurance benefits are taxable. You must report any unemployment benefits you receive as part of your gross income on your taxes.

  • Unemployment Department Location
  • Rhode Island Labor and Training
    1511 Pontiac Avenue
    Cranston, RI 02920

  • Unemployment Claim Phone Number
  • To file for RI unemployment benefits over the phone, call 401-243-9100.

  • Unempoyment Claim Online
  • The easist way to file your claim is through their online system. To file for RI unemployment online, click here.