The minimum wage requirement is currently $9,600 in your Base Period. This figure will change each time the minimum wage is increased. If you did not earn this amount, you may be eligible if you meet all of the following:
- You earned at least $1,600 in one of your Base Period quarters, and
- You earned total Base Period wages of at least one and one-half times your highest single quarter earnings, and
- You earned total Base Period wages of at least $3,200.
The Base Period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the starting date of your new claim. Your claim normally begins the Sunday before the date on which you call to file the claim; provided you did not work or worked and earned less than your Weekly Benefit Rate during that week. This begins your Benefit Year, a 52-week period. Any additional claims (refiles) you request during this period will have the same Benefit Year as your first claim.How Soon To File for Rhode Island Unemployment Insurance Benefits If you become unemployed you should file a claim within seven (7) days of your last day of employment to avoid jeopardizing or delaying your first payment. How Much Will I Receive? Your Benefit Rate is your basic weekly payment amount, excluding Dependency Allowances. It is equal to 4.38% of the average of the total wages in the two highest quarters of the base period, not to exceed the defined maximum amount. Once your Benefit Rate is determined, it remains the same for your entire Benefit Year. We will send you a Benefit Rate Decision, which shows your rate and the wage information used to determine it. For Benefit years beginning on or after July 1, 2012 the maximum weekly benefit rate is $566.00. Information Needed to File When you call to file an unemployment insurance claim in Rhode Island you will need to provide your social security number and the full name, address and telephone number of all employers you have worked for in the last two years.
First Unemployment Insurance Benefit Payment
Most eligible customers receive their first payment during their third week of unemployment.