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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The R.I. Department of Labor and Training says more than 100,000 Rhode Islanders have filed for out-of-work benefits in the last few weeks as the coronavirus emergency shut down businesses across the state.

In the above video, Target 12 reporter Tim White answers another round of questions from viewers, including about excessive wait times on the state’s telephone system, if someone who quits their job because of health concerns is eligible for benefits, and whether benefits are retroactive.

A spokesperson for RIDLT said the agency had more than 32,000 workers certify for unemployment on Sunday alone, compared with just over 12,000 for an entire week in January.

Here are some more key links and other resources to help you:

 Q&A: Out of work in RI due to COVID-19? Here’s what you’re eligible for

 Q&A: Here’s how the expanded federal unemployment benefits work

• Q&A: Here’s how your federal coronavirus tax rebate check will work

• Sign Up: R.I. DLT mailing list for updates on emergency COVID-19 unemployment program

• File a claim: Regular Unemployment | Temporary Disability | Temporary Caregiver

For more information, watch Tim and Ted Nesi’s Q&As from April 1 (top) and March 31 (bottom):

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