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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
November 2018

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In November 2018, 30.4 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 6,315 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.2 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted).  Nearly 25 percent (1,571) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.


Over 19 percent (1,233) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while nearly 22 percent (1,385) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 27 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 19.0 percent of those under 22 years of age and 22.9 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.


In November, over 37 percent (2,341) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 685 people (10.8%) had less than a high school diploma, while 25.5 percent (1,613) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Nearly 22 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 27.0 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.


On an industry basis, 13.5 percent (851) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Administrative & Waste Services sector. There were also 848 individuals with an attachment to the Manufacturing sector accounting for 13.4 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 11.4 percent (723) of those collecting UI benefits in November had worked in the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Accommodation & Food Services (614), Retail Trade (529) and Construction (476).


Those previously employed in Office & Administrative occupations accounted for 15.4 percent (970) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (704), Management (542), Transportation & Material Moving (414) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (413) occupations also collected UI benefits in November.  Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Education, Training & Library (43.0%), Business & Financial Operations (38.0%), Healthcare Practitioner & Technical (35.5%) and Community & Social Services (35.1%).

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For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.

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