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  • R.I. qualifies for extended unemployment benefits

    PROVIDENCE (AP) — Some Rhode Islanders will again be able to qualify for additional federal unemployment benefits after an uptick in the state’s jobless rate.

    The state labor department says about 1,500 claimants who had exhausted the so-called third tier of emergency unemployment benefits may now be eligible to continue to collect.

    “Tier 4” benefits ended in August after Rhode Island’s average three-month jobless rate dropped to 8.9 percent, below the 9 percent threshold to qualify.

    The unemployment rate in September and October was 9.2 percent.

    Depending on a state’s level of unemployment, the program provides up to 47 weeks of federally funded benefits for those who have exhausted their regular benefits.

    The program is scheduled to end late next month, though some in Congress want to extend it.



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