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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
April 2015

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In April 2015, 32.7 percent of Rhode Island ’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 10,154 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 2.0 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 36 percent (3,671) of the Ocean State ’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

 

Nearly 21 percent (2,093) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while over 24 percent (2,461) were 45 to 54 years old. Almost 38 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 33.2 percent of those under 22 years of age and 30.9 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.  

In April, nearly 42 percent (4,220) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,375 people (13.5%) had less than a high school diploma, while 20.0 percent (2,033) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. More than 40 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 34.5 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.  

On an industry basis, 18.2 percent (1,849) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Construction sector. There were also 1,411 individuals with an attachment to the Administrative & Waste Services sector, accounting for 13.9 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 10.8 percent (1,097) of those collecting UI benefits in April had worked in the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Manufacturing (933), Retail Trade (899) and Accommodation & Food Services (845).  

Those previously employed in Office & Administration Support occupations accounted for 14.6 percent (1,485) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (969), Construction & Extraction (904), Food Preparation & Serving Related (679) and Transportation & Material Moving (656) occupations also collected UI benefits in April. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (60.6%), Construction & Extraction (41.8%), Education, Training & Library (40.0%) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (39.0%).

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed, April 2015

   Total   Long-Term   Percent 
Long-Term
Total 10,154 3,671 36.2%
Male  6,153 2,345 38.1%
Female 4,001 1,326 33.1%
       
Age  10,154 3,671 36.2%
Under 22 229 76 33.2%
22 - 24 579 179 30.9%
25 - 34 2,357 847 35.9%
35 - 44 2,093 781 37.3%
45 - 54 2,461 895 36.4%
55 - 59 1,082 380 35.1%
60 - 64 802 283 35.3%
65 or over 551 230 41.7%
       
Education 10,154 3,671 36.2%
Less than 9th Grade 374 144 38.5%
9th to 12th, no diploma 1,001 410 41.0%
High School Graduate 4,220 1,547 36.7%
Some College 2,400 817 34.0%
Bachelor's Degree 825 279 33.8%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,208 423 35.0%
       
Selected Industries 10,154 3,671 36.2%
Construction 1,849 696 37.6%
Manufacturing 933 291 31.2%
Wholesale Trade 427 114 26.7%
Retail Trade  899 312 34.7%
Transportation & Warehousing 237 104 43.9%
Information 161 67 41.6%
Finance & Insurance 372 122 32.8%
Real Estate 197 56 28.4%
Professional & Tech. Services 423 132 31.2%
Administrative & Waste Services 1,411 552 39.1%
Educational Services 160 57 35.6%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,097 366 33.4%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 264 135 51.1%
Accommodation & Food Services 845 333 39.4%
Other Services 365 122 33.4%
Public Administration 80 29 36.3%
       
Selected Occupations 10,154 3,671 36.2%
Business & Financial Operations 226 68 30.1%
Computer & Mathematical 147 47 32.0%
Architecture & Engineering 116 41 35.3%
Life, Physical & Social Science 70 27 38.6%
Community & Social Services 123 40 32.5%
Legal 29 8 27.6%
Education, Training & Library 135 54 40.0%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 156 46 29.5%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 231 57 24.7%
Healthcare Support 253 86 34.0%
Protective Service 96 34 35.4%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 679 265 39.0%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 642 389 60.6%
Personal Care & Service 203 77 37.9%
Sales & Related 552 192 34.8%
Office & Administrative Support 1,485 501 33.7%
Construction & Extraction 904 378 41.8%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 290 95 32.8%
Production 969 307 31.7%
Transportation & Material Moving 656 237 36.1%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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