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Unemployment, temporary disability benefits rising

June 25, 2021 GMT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders collecting unemployment benefits and temporary disability insurance are getting more in their checks starting next month, the state Department of Labor and Training announced Friday.

For new claims with an effective date of July 4 or later, the maximum weekly benefit rate for unemployment insurance will increase to $661 per beneficiary, an increase of $62.

For beneficiaries with the maximum five dependents, the maximum weekly benefit rate will be $826.

The maximum weekly benefit rate for Temporary Disability Insurance will increase to $978 per beneficiary, an increase of $91 from the current maximum.

The maximum weekly rate for beneficiaries with the maximum five dependents will rise to $1,320.

The rates are adjusted annually based on the average weekly wage in covered employment for the previous calendar year.