Governor announces initiative to help residents find work

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Governor Raimondo announced supplemental unemployment assistance for residents, and a new plan called “Back to Work R.I”, aimed at getting Rhode Islanders job training and a steady paycheck.

The Initiative is aimed at supercharging the economy and ultimately, getting Rhode Islanders a job.

The governor said the state will bring employers to the table to create more than 3,000, many of which are targeted for people without a college degree.

According to Raimondo, the state has already gotten commitments from CVS, Electric Boat, Microsoft, and others.

The CEO’s of those companies pledged to change traditional hiring practices to make room for new applicants.

Next, the state will build training programs for each employer and provide wraparound support, child care, transportation, and financial coaching.

Raimondo also announced an additional 3 weeks of support for those certified for unemployment benefits in the first few weeks of August.

The governor’s most recent press conference can be found here.

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