Update on Flooding-Related Unemployment
April 2, 2010
Preliminary findings from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training estimate that 4,000 Rhode Island workers may have been temporarily dislocated from their jobs due to March flooding. The department adds that it does not expect these temporary dislocations to impact the state’s March unemployment rate. Dislocations that continue through mid-April, however, may impact the April unemployment rate.
The department has received more than 250 flood-related unemployment claims relating to the mid-March flooding, and more than 400 claims to date related to this week’s flooding.
Information about unemployment insurance as it related to the recent flooding can be found online at www.dlt.ri.gov.All Rhode Islanders in need of flood disaster assistance in addition to unemployment insurance benefits should register with FEMA at www.fema.gov or 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585).