EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday.
New data from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training showed the state’s unemployment rate rose 12.3 percentage points between March and April.
The unemployment rate was 17% last month, up from 4.7% the previous month and 3.6% in April 2019. In addition, the number of Rhode Island-based jobs fell by 88,000.
With the record unemployment numbers continuing to grow, Eyewitness News has teamed up with the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to bring you stories of companies who are now hiring to help some of you get back on the job.
Applicants should apply through Skills for Rhode Island’s Future.
In the above video, Judy Niedbala from Perspectives Corporation in North Kingstown joined Eyewitness News on a Zoom interview to discuss job openings that help provide support to people with disabilities.