RI Department of Labor and Training
 MEDIA ADVISORY
 
Characteristics of the RI Insured Unemployed

November 15, 2010

In June 2010, 57 percent of the individuals collecting RI unemployment insurance benefits had endured unemployment for longer than 15 weeks, and 16 percent had been searching for a job for more than a year, according to a RI Department of Labor and Training analysis of 35,000 unemployment insurance claimants receiving benefits at that time.

The analysis, created by the department’s Labor Market Information Unit and entitled “Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed,” uncovered several trends among the ranks of RI unemployed. 

Gender: While more males (18,851) than females (16,276) were counted among the RI insured unemployed in June 2010, female claimants were slightly more likely than their male counterparts to remain unemployed for more than a year.

Age: While 25 percent of all RI claimants in June 2010 ranged in age from 45 to 54, those more likely to remain unemployed for over a year were claimants age 55 to 64 and claimants age 65 and over. Those least likely to remain unemployed for over a year were claimants under the age of 22 and those between the ages of 22 and 24.

Industries: Rhode Island’s largest industry sectors in June 2010 were: Health Care & Social Assistance (17.2% of employed), Government (13.9%), Professional & Business Services (11.2%), Retail Trade (9.8%), Accommodation and Food Services (9.1%) and Manufacturing (8.9%)

However, in June 2010, claimants in the Manufacturing industry comprised a disproportionate 17.9 percent of all the RI insured unemployed. Other industries disproportionately represented among the RI insured unemployed include Construction (12.9 %) and Retail Trade (11.5%).

Regarding longer-term unemployment, 25 percent of RI Manufacturing sector claimants had been unemployed for more than a year. Other RI sectors with a higher-than-average incidence of longer-term unemployment include the Finance & Insurance industry, 22.9 percent of whose claimants had been unemployed for more than a year, and Wholesale Trade, 22 percent of whose claimants also had been unemployed for more than a year.

Occupations: In June 2010, the two occupational groups with the greatest representation among the RI insured unemployed were Office & Administrative Support (such as Office Clerks, Word Processors, Administrative Assistants and Receptionists) and Production (such as Machinists, Tool & Die Makers, Welders and Jewelry & Metal Workers).

Office & Administrative Support and Production remained among those occupations with above-average percentages of long-term unemployment, with 19.7 percent of all Office & Administrative Support insured unemployed workers and 20.4 percent of all Production insured unemployed workers seeking employment for more than one year. Architecture & Engineering and Life, Physical & Social Science occupations also showed higher-than-average rates of unemployment for more than a year, reporting 23 percent and 21.9 percent, respectively.

 “Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed” (Click here to view the pdf file) is included in the soon-to-be released Rhode Island Employment Trends and Workforce Issues 2010, an annual publication researched and authored by the RI Department of Labor and Training’s Labor Market Information Unit. Up-to-date Labor Market Information data and an online library of publications are available at www.dlt.ri.gov.lmi.

The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov.

 

 

The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Islandís workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers. For more information on the programs and services available to all Rhode Islanders, please call the RI Department of Labor and Training at (401) 462-8000 or visit the web site at www.dlt.ri.gov.

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