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Income Support Programs

Unemployment Insurance (UI)

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a federal/state program financed through employer payroll taxes and administered by the Department of Labor and Training. The UI program provides temporary income support to workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

Workers who become unemployed file initial claims, which serve as notice that they are beginning a period of unemployment. Claimants who qualify for benefits are counted in the insured unemployment statistics. These statistics, which include initial claims, payments, benefit amounts, and claim durations, are used as economic indicators.

Individuals collecting unemployment insurance are included in the "total unemployment" figures, which are used to calculate the monthly unemployment rate; however, the insured unemployed represents a portion of the total unemployed individuals in the state.

Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI)
& Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI)

TDI provides benefit payments to insured RI workers for weeks of unemployment caused by a temporary disability or injury. The TDI program, enacted in 1942, was the first of its kind in the United States. It protects workers against wage loss resulting from a non-work related illness or injury, and is funded exclusively by Rhode Island workers. Only four other states; New York, New Jersey, California and Hawaii, as well as the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, have a TDI program.

The new Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program (TCI) was signed into law on July 11, 2013. Effective January 5, 2014, TCI provides eligible claimants up to four weeks of caregiver benefits to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law or grandparent, or to bond with a newborn child, new adopted child or new foster-care child.

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed -
for current month

Monthly UI Claims Update for current month 

for past months (.pdf)  

Weekly Update of UI & TDI/TCI Claims Activity (.pdf):
Characteristic Profile of Weekly Initial Claims Filed - 2020

Monthly UI Claims Summary:

Monthly TDI/TCI Claims Summary (.pdf):

For more information on Unemployment Insurance (UI)
or to file a claim
visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.

For more information on Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) or Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI)
or to file a claim
visit the TDI/TCI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/tdi.

RI Department of Labor and Training
Labor Market Information
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920

Phone: (401) 462-8740
Fax (401) 462-8766
TTY via RI Relay: 711
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