Rhode Island to apply for another round of federal jobless aid
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Ocean State is applying for another round of federal jobless aid as the state’s slow economic recovery continues.
“The Department received new guidance earlier this week and has been reviewing program requirements,” Department of Labor and Training (DLT) spokeswoman Margaux Fontaine said in a statement. “Since this executive order was issued less than two weeks ago, we have been in frequent communication with federal agencies seeking clarity on this program . . . we anticipate submitting the required documentation for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) grant by the close of business today.”
The Rhode Island unemployment rate dropped to 11.2 percent in July and the economy added back 14,000 jobs.
Rhode Island has recovered more than half of the 98,000 jobs that were lost back in March and April, according to DLT.