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WORD OF CAUTION: Matthew Weldon, the director of the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, says a ruling by the DLT’s Board of Review doesn’t mean that everybody who has transportation problems will be eligible for unemployment benefits. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

No ride to work? You might be eligible for unemployment benefits

An employee is responsible for getting to work on time. But if an employer is inflexible when that worker loses their transportation, and the...

Lawmaker pushes for R.I. income tax exemption on unemployment benefits

PROVIDENCE – One Rhode Island lawmaker is proposing to extend the federal tax break on the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits to Rhode Island...
R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Neronha announced Monday that two Rhode Island residents, including a former DLT employee, have been ordered to repay over $15,000 to the state in fraudulent unemployment benefits. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL

Two R.I. residents ordered to repay $15K in fraudulently obtained unemployment...

PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island residents have been ordered to repay $15,371 to the state after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining unemployment insurance benefits...
U.S. TREASURY SECRETARY Steven Mnuchin said that the Trump Administration has dropped its current bid to cut Social Security payroll taxes as Republicans prepare to unveil a $1 trillion COVID-19 rescue package. / AP FILE PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI

White House drops payroll tax cut after GOP allies object

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House reluctantly dropped its bid to cut Social Security payroll taxes Thursday as Republicans prepared to unveil a $1...
ROUGHLY 30% OF RENTERS polled by the U.S. Census say they have no confidence or slight confidence in their ability to pay rent next month. / AP FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARNIK

Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope. People who rent have largely been able to survive the initial months of the pandemic helped...
THE AMERICAN CIVL LIBERTIES UNION of Rhode Island says the DLT is taking interim steps to contact and to be available to residents whose unemployment benefits were frozen. Those steps come after the ACLU filed a lawsuit over the department's method of addressing fraud.

DLT to increase reach-out efforts due to lawsuit over frozen benefits

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training is taking interim action to notify and review unemployment insurance benefit payments that have been...
RETAIL SALES IN MARCH in the United States exceeded expectations, including motor vehicle sales, while filings for unemployment benefits hit their lowest level in 49 years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

U.S. retail sales grow most since 2017 on autos, gasoline

WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales grew by the most since September 2017 as gains in motor vehicles and gasoline stations boosted sales, signaling consumers...
U.S JOBLESS CLAIMS decreased by 3,000 to 218,000 last week, hovering near the lowest levels in almost five decade. / BLOOMBERG FIEL PHOTO.LUKE SHARRETT

Fewest jobless claims in 6 weeks show strong U.S. job market

NEW YORK - Filings for United States unemployment benefits declined to a six-week low, indicating the job market remains tight, Labor Department figures showed...
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS declined by 1,000 to 222,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG

U.S. jobless claims at four-week low amid tight labor market

NEW YORK - United States filings for unemployment benefits ticked down to a four-week low, the latest sign that the job market remains robust,...
JOBLESS CLAIMS decreased by 24,000 to 209,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

U.S. jobless claims slump on return of New York school workers

NEW YORK - United States filings for unemployment benefits plunged to the lowest level since 1969, mainly reflecting the return of educational service workers in...

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