A Program to Help Unemployed Rhode Islanders
In yesterday’s Providence Journal, Neil Downing reported on the thousands of Rhode Islanders who are running out of unemployment benefits, after being unemployed for up to 79 weeks, or about a year and a half:
In response, the state Department of Labor and Training, the agency which administers unemployment benefits, began mailing notices on Friday that offer people tips on where they can turn for help when their benefits run out, said agency director Sandra M. Powell.
The initial mailing is going to about 3,200 people, including those who have already exhausted their benefits, and those who will run out of benefits soon. Hereafter, the agency plans to mail the notices to about 150 people a week. The notices provide information on how to obtain food stamps, government-sponsored health insurance and other assistance.
I propose that the DLT’s packet ought also to include information assisting recipients in find work in other states and relocating. If Rhode Island hasn’t managed to create a job for a particular person in eighteen months, the best advice that person can receive is to find a location with an economy that can provide work.