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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
November 2014

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In November 2014, 24.0 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 8,821 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.7 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 28 percent (2,503) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks. 

 

Nearly 21 percent (1,813) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while over 22 percent (1,962) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 36 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 20.5 percent of those under 22 years of age and 22.5 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed. 

In November, more than 37 percent (3,281) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 996 people (11.3%) had less than a high school diploma, while 25.0 percent (2,207) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Almost 28 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 29.2 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed. 

On an industry basis, 14.0 percent (1,233) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. There were also 996 individuals with an attachment to the Manufacturing sector, accounting for 11.3 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 11.0 percent (966) of those collecting UI benefits in November had worked in the Administrative & Waste Services sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Accommodation & Food Services (904), Construction (854) and Retail Trade (808). 

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 14.6 percent (1,291) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (931), Food Preparation & Serving Related (692), Sales & Related (537) and Transportation & Material Moving (521) occupations also collected UI benefits in November. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Education, Training & Library (43.6%), Healthcare Support (40.9%), Life, Physical & Social Science (39.0%) and Protective Service (36.8%).

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed, November 2014
 Total   Long-Term   Percent
Long-Term
Total 8,821 2,503 28.4%
Male  4,624 1,064 23.0%
Female 4,197 1,439 34.3%
Age  8,821 2,503 28.4%
Under 22 195 40 20.5%
22 - 24 521 117 22.5%
25 - 34 2,111 554 26.2%
35 - 44 1,813 512 28.2%
45 - 54 1,962 516 26.3%
55 - 59 943 303 32.1%
60 - 64 714 255 35.7%
65 or over 562 206 36.7%
Education 8,821 2,503 28.4%
Less than 9th Grade 248 54 21.8%
9th to 12th, no diploma 748 224 29.9%
High School Graduate 3,281 908 27.7%
Some College 2,197 620 28.2%
Bachelor's Degree 955 238 24.9%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,252 406 32.4%
Selected Industries 8,821 2,503 28.4%
Construction 854 97 11.4%
Manufacturing 996 308 30.9%
Wholesale Trade 383 136 35.5%
Retail Trade  808 276 34.2%
Transportation & Warehousing 191 62 32.5%
Information 118 25 21.2%
Finance & Insurance 408 166 40.7%
Real Estate 176 35 19.9%
Professional & Tech. Services 472 161 34.1%
Administrative & Waste Services 966 242 25.1%
Educational Services 213 95 44.6%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,233 491 39.8%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 257 21 8.2%
Accommodation & Food Services 904 169 18.7%
Other Services 378 105 27.8%
Public Administration 70 14 20.0%
Selected Occupations 8,821 2,503 28.4%
Business & Financial Operations 306 105 34.3%
Computer & Mathematical 173 52 30.1%
Architecture & Engineering 108 29 26.9%
Life, Physical & Social Science 82 32 39.0%
Community & Social Services 134 34 25.4%
Legal 54 13 24.1%
Education, Training & Library 234 102 43.6%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 149 40 26.8%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 236 82 34.7%
Healthcare Support 296 121 40.9%
Protective Service 95 35 36.8%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 692 122 17.6%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 303 38 12.5%
Personal Care & Service 243 86 35.4%
Sales & Related 537 182 33.9%
Office & Administrative Support 1,291 453 35.1%
Construction & Extraction 402 64 15.9%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 244 74 30.3%
Production 931 280 30.1%
Transportation & Material Moving 521 134 25.7%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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