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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
December 2016

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In December 2016, 35.6 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 8,819 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.7 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Nearly 21 percent (1,818) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

More than 20 percent (1,800) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while nearly 23 percent (1,988) were 45 to 54 years old. Twenty-four percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 16.5 percent of those under 22 years of age and 15.1 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In December, over 41 percent (3,647) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,134 people (12.9%) had less than a high school diploma, while 22.0 percent (1,937) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. More than 14 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 24.0 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

On an industry basis, 15.6 percent (1,375) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Administrative & Waste Services sector. There were also 1,165 individuals with an attachment to the Construction sector, accounting for 13.2 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 10.9 percent (961) of those collecting UI benefits in December had worked in the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Accommodation & Food Services (929), Manufacturing (824) and Retail Trade (690).

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 13.3 percent (1,175) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (880), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (761) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (676) occupations also collected UI benefits in December. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Education, Training & Library (36.7%), Computer & Mathematical (32.9%) and Healthcare Practitioner & Technical (30.4%).


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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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