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PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training is using a $30,000 U.S. Department of Labor grant to install specifically formatted computers in local libraries for free and convenient access to that state’s online unemployment insurance claims filing-system.
The 30 specially formatted computers connect to the state’s EmployRI.org virtual career center and are intended for use by job seekers who lack home computers.
“Improving access to both unemployment insurance and job matching services is an important undertaking, and is part of my administration’s push to modernize government communication through internet-based tools and social media,” Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee said in prepared remarks.
Job seekers can use the computers to visit the DLT website at www.dlt.ri.gov to file unemployment claims or to certify for weekly benefit eligibility. Users can also visit www.employri.org, a virtual career center that spiders through multiple online job boards, as well as use connect to certain library applications including the AskRI reference resource center.
“Within the next 12 months, the department intends to transition its unemployment insurance system from its current mix of telephone and online claims-taking to an exclusively online format,’ DLT Director Charles J. Fogarty said in a statement. “ Before we make that change, however, we want to make sure that the public has adequate access to our internet applications. That is why deploying these computers in the community is so important.”
The following 15 libraries will host to the computers:
More than half of the computers have already been placed at their intended libraries.