Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

 

 
New Maximum Weekly Benefit Rates Announced
    June 21, 2007
 

The RI Dept. of Labor and Training reports that the new maximum weekly benefit rate for Unemployment Insurance in Rhode Island will be $513 for claimants who begin their benefit year on or after July 1, 2007. This constitutes an increase of $21 over the previous year's rate. Similarly, the new maximum weekly benefit rate for Temporary Disability Insurance will be $652, a $27 increase over the previous year's rate

A benefit year is the 52-week period that starts upon a new claim's filing. Claimants who have begun their benefit year prior to July 1, 2007 will continue to be paid at the previous rate for the duration of their 52-week cycle.

The maximum weekly benefit rate for Unemployment Insurance is set at 67 percent of the average weekly wage of workers covered by the Employment Security Act. The maximum weekly benefit rate for Temporary Disability Insurance is set at 85 percent of the average weekly wage of ESA-covered workers. The average weekly wage of workers covered by this act in 2006 was $766.94, an increase of $32.48 (4.4%) from the 2005 weekly average.