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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
May 2015

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In May 2015, 26.6 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 8,529 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.6 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 34 percent (2,932) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

 

Nearly 20 percent (1,689) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while almost 25 percent (2,086) were 45 to 54 years old. Almost 36 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 26.7 percent of those under 22 years of age and 28.1 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed. In May, forty percent (3,413) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 956 people (11.2%) had less than a high school diploma, while 22.5 percent (1,923) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. More than 38 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 31.6 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.  

On an industry basis, 13.3 percent (1,135) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. There were also 1,112 individuals with an attachment to the Construction sector, accounting for 13.0 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 11.3 percent (967) of those collecting UI benefits in May had worked in the Administrative & Waste Services sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Manufacturing (910), Retail Trade (861) and Accommodation & Food Services (700).  

Those previously employed in Office & Administration Support occupations accounted for 17.5 percent (1,489) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (871), Food Preparation & Serving Related (544), Sales & Related (526) and Transportation & Material Moving (520) occupations also collected UI benefits in May. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (53.9%), Construction & Extraction (44.8%), Protective Service (40.7%) and Personal Care & Service (38.7%).  

    Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed May 2015

   Total   Long-Term   Percent 
Long-Term
Total 8,529 2,932 34.4%
Male  4,540 1,629 35.9%
Female 3,989 1,303 32.7%
       
Age  8,529 2,932 34.4%
Under 22 172 46 26.7%
22 - 24 466 131 28.1%
25 - 34 1,926 703 36.5%
35 - 44 1,689 609 36.1%
45 - 54 2,086 682 32.7%
55 - 59 947 318 33.6%
60 - 64 749 269 35.9%
65 or over 494 174 35.2%
       
Education 8,529 2,932 34.4%
Less than 9th Grade 243 88 36.2%
9th to 12th, no diploma 713 278 39.0%
High School Graduate 3,413 1,228 36.0%
Some College 2,129 684 32.1%
Bachelor's Degree 757 244 32.2%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,166 363 31.1%
       
Selected Industries 8,529 2,932 34.4%
Construction 1,112 427 38.4%
Manufacturing 910 287 31.5%
Wholesale Trade 428 139 32.5%
Retail Trade  861 296 34.4%
Transportation & Warehousing 165 76 46.1%
Information 157 56 35.7%
Finance & Insurance 379 140 36.9%
Real Estate 167 48 28.7%
Professional & Tech. Services 486 134 27.6%
Administrative & Waste Services 967 355 36.7%
Educational Services 170 67 39.4%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,135 367 32.3%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 162 51 31.5%
Accommodation & Food Services 700 223 31.9%
Other Services 306 104 34.0%
Public Administration 63 23 36.5%
       
Selected Occupations 8,529 2,932 34.4%
Business & Financial Operations 276 77 27.9%
Computer & Mathematical 164 41 25.0%
Architecture & Engineering 105 31 29.5%
Life, Physical & Social Science 60 23 38.3%
Community & Social Services 146 44 30.1%
Legal 31 8 25.8%
Education, Training & Library 139 52 37.4%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 139 38 27.3%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 245 70 28.6%
Healthcare Support 260 85 32.7%
Protective Service 81 33 40.7%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 544 173 31.8%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 271 146 53.9%
Personal Care & Service 194 75 38.7%
Sales & Related 526 178 33.8%
Office & Administrative Support 1,489 524 35.2%
Construction & Extraction 507 227 44.8%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 248 75 30.2%
Production 871 283 32.5%
Transportation & Material Moving 520 183 35.2%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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