NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Unemployed Rhode Islanders are now required to post their resumes to the state's online job board or temporarily lose their jobless benefits.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training says the requirement went into effect Sunday. Those filing new unemployment claims have six weeks to get their resumes online at EmployRI.org or the department will shut off their benefits until they do so.
DLT Director Charles Fogarty says the requirement will connect jobseekers to the state's job board and career service centers earlier in the claims process and help them conduct more focused, effective job searches.
Rhode Island's unemployment rate is among the nation's highest, at 7.7 percent. Over 43,000 people were reported as being out of work in July.
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