New Data Offers Insight into Long-term Unemployed (pdf)
August 22, 2008
New data offers insight into long-term unemployed Preliminary data from the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program in Rhode Island shows that those working in the Manufacturing and Construction industries have a higher incidence of long-term unemployment than in other Rhode Island industry sectors.
An analysis of nearly 8,000 Rhode Islanders receiving federally extended Unemployment Insurance benefits indicates that while the Manufacturing sector comprises 10.6 percent of the Rhode Island workforce, that same sector represents 21.0 percent—double the workforce representation—of the long-term unemployed currently receiving EUC benefits.
Similarly, while the Construction industry comprises 4.6 percent of the total Rhode Island workforce, it represents 11.5 percent of EUC recipients. Other sectors whose representation among the EUC population is significantly larger than in the workforce at large include Finance & Insurance, Administrative & Waste Services, and Real Estate.
Conversely, workers in the Health Care & Social Assistance, Accommodation & Food Services and Public Administration sectors are less likely to require extended unemployment insurance benefits than those employed in other sectors. While workers in Health Care & Social Assistance make up 15.8 percent of the total Rhode Island workforce, they represent only 8.8 percent of all EUC recipients in the survey. Workers in the Accommodation & Food Services sector comprise 9.0 percent of the workforce in Rhode Island, yet represent only 4.5 percent of all long-term unemployed receiving UI benefits. And, while workers in Public Administration make up 13.0 percent of the Rhode Island workforce, they represent only 1.0 percent on the EUC population.
The EUC data also shows that certain occupations are more likely to be represented among the state’s extended benefits population. Office and administrative support jobs, such as receptionists, secretaries, tellers and office clerks, represent the largest percentage of long-term unemployed, making up 21.5 percent of all EUC claims. Production workers, such as machinists, toolmakers, assemblers and inspectors, are the next largest occupational group receiving long-term UI benefits, representing 14.2 percent of total claimants. Lastly, management positions, including chief executives, operations managers, sales managers and education administrators, represent 11.3 percent of all EUC recipients.
Lastly, demographic information reveals that those long-term unemployed who are receiving EUC benefits are less likely to have attended college than the general Rhode Island population (ages 16 and older). Only 37.0 percent of EUC recipients have pursued education beyond high school, compared with 54.5 percent of the general Rhode Island population. Similarly, only 18.0 percent of EUC recipients have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 29.4 percent of the general Rhode Island population.
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Notes on data:
RI Department of Labor and Training