Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training


Unemployment insurance customers to be recruited for
Jobs Now Rhode Island program

June 8, 2010

Beginning this week, the RI Department of Labor and Training will mail notifications to unemployment insurance claimants who may be financially eligible for subsidized employment under the Jobs Now Rhode Island job creation program and its subsidiary, Jobs Now Providence.

These customers will be directed to apply for the program through the web site, www.jobsnowri.com or www.jobsnowprovidence.com. If they are found eligible for the program, their occupational data will be used to match them with available job openings in the Jobs Now Rhode Island database. They will then be referred to the corresponding employer for an interview.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Jobs Now Rhode Island offers 100 percent employer reimbursement for wages of qualifying hires through September 30, 2010. Employers must meet separate eligibility requirements in order to list a job opening through Jobs Now Rhode Island.

Director of Labor and Training Sandra M. Powell states, "The Jobs Now Rhode Island program offers us a one-time opportunity to grow Rhode Island employment this summer while reducing the demand on the unemployment insurance trust fund." The director adds that in the past, the department has mined its unemployment insurance database for referrals for many large-scale recruitments, including the department's own call center employee recruitment efforts.

While this mailing is targeting current recipients of unemployment insurance for the Jobs Now Rhode Island program, any Rhode Island job seeker may apply online for the program through the web site, www.jobsnowri.com. To be eligible for the program, a job seeker must be a Rhode Island resident, be able to work legally in the U.S. and earn no more than 225 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. A Jobs Now job seeker must also be a parent of at least one minor child or be a member of a family that includes at least one minor child. Pregnant women in their third trimester and non-custodial parents may also qualify.

Jobs Now Rhode Island is a collaboration among the Departments of Human Services, Labor and Training, and Revenue, in conjunction with Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston and the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island. 



The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Islandís 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.