The RI Department of Labor and Training has requested a $90-million line of credit for the months of October, November and December so that the state may continue to pay unemployment insurance benefits over the next three months. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. government allows state unemployment insurance programs to borrow interest-free from the federal unemployment insurance trust fund through December 2010. Because the line of credit from the federal government is both guaranteed and immediate, unemployment insurance customers will not experience any delays in receiving their weekly payments.
As of Friday, Sept. 25, the low balance of the state unemployment insurance trust fund triggered Department of Labor and Training officials to request a line of credit in order to ensure that Rhode Island unemployment insurance payments continue without interruption.
In March 2009, the federal government approved a three-month line of $77 million for Rhode Island, of which the state drew down approximately $70 million. Similarly, in July 2009, the federal government approved a $40 million line of credit, of which the state has drawn down approximately $20 million to date.
From January to August 2009, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training has paid more than $475 million in regular, state extended and federal emergency unemployment benefits. Of that sum, more than $300 million was paid directly from the state unemployment insurance trust fund. Both the state and federal unemployment insurance trust funds are financed through employer contributions.
About the RI Department of Labor and Training
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.