RI Department of Labor and Training
 MEDIA ADVISORY
 

DLT provides employment-centered computers to Pawtucket CBOs

February 1, 2013

The RI Department of Labor and Training has provided specially formatted computers to Pawtucket-area organizations, so that the public may have improved access to the state’s online Unemployment Insurance claims-filing system and the state’s EmployRI.org virtual career center. Funded through a U.S. Department of Labor grant, these computers are available for free to any Rhode Island job seekers during the regular operating hours of the cooperating agencies.

The department targeted Pawtucket for this project upon the advice of Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, who urged DLT to seek alternative service-delivery strategies for the area after the Pawtucket-based netWORKri closed last fall. The department is also collaborating with the Pawtucket Public Library to offer free public workshops on such job search skills as interviewing, résumé writing and networking.

Governor Chafee adds, “At a time of shrinking federal dollars and high unemployment, it is critical that we find innovative ways to deliver job-matching services and supports to Rhode Island communities.”

Each of the following community-based organizations received two free computers for public use:

  • Anchor Recovery, 249 Main St., Pawtucket
  • Pawtucket Housing Authority, 560 Prospect St., Pawtucket
  • Progreso Latino, 626 Broad St., Central Falls
  • SER Jobs for Progress, 100 East Ave., Pawtucket.

Job seekers may use the computers to visit the RI Department of Labor and Training web site at www.dlt.ri.gov to file an unemployment insurance claim or to certify for weekly benefit eligibility. Due to limited staffing, the department has advised the public to file claims online rather than through the telephone system if at all possible. Online claims-filing is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Job seekers may also use the computers to visit www.employri.org, a virtual career center that spiders multiple online job boards to create a one-stop job search site for Rhode Islanders. Through EmployRI, job seekers can search by preferred employers, geography, job type and required skills. It contains self-service résumé and skill assessment applications, as well as labor market information on Rhode Island’s high-growth industries.

 

ABOUT DLT: The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov

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