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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
June 2014

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In June 2014, 23.7 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 9,434 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.8 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Nearly 35 percent (3,290) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.
 

  Almost 21 percent (1,931) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while nearly 24 percent (2,257) were 45 to 54 years old. Almost 35 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 26.8 percent of those under 22 years of age and 34.1 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In June, nearly 40 percent (3,740) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,101 people (11.7%) had less than a high school diploma, while 22.6 percent (2,129) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Nearly 34 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 34.8 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

On an industry basis, 14.7 percent (1,391) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. There were also 1,196 individuals with an attachment to the Administrative & Waste Services sector, accounting for 12.7 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 10.4 percent (977) of those collecting UI benefits in June had worked in the Manufacturing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Retail Trade (937), Construction (917) and Accommodation & Food Service (878).

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 16.7 percent (1,575) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (1,064), Food Preparation & Serving Related (672), Sales & Related (608) and Transportation & Material Moving (576) occupations also collected UI benefits in June. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Life, Physical & Social Science (52.6%), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (44.6%), Sales & Related (39.5%) and Office & Administration Support (39.0%).

 

 

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
June 2014

   Total   Long-Term   Percent
Long-Term
Total 9,434 3,290 34.9%
Male  4,725 1,734 36.7%
Female 4,709 1,556 33.0%
       
Age  9,434 3,290 34.9%
Under 22 224 60 26.8%
22 - 24 508 173 34.1%
25 - 34 2,137 765 35.8%
35 - 44 1,931 703 36.4%
45 - 54 2,257 777 34.4%
55 - 59 1,023 341 33.3%
60 - 64 726 246 33.9%
65 or over 628 225 35.8%
       
Education 9,434 3,290 34.9%
Less than 9th Grade 309 100 32.4%
9th to 12th, no diploma 792 271 34.2%
High School Graduate 3,740 1,317 35.2%
Some College 2,293 791 34.5%
Bachelor's Degree 830 291 35.1%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,299 449 34.6%
       
Selected Industries 9,434 3,290 34.9%
Construction 917 322 35.1%
Manufacturing 977 406 41.6%
Wholesale Trade 421 168 39.9%
Retail Trade  937 336 35.9%
Transportation & Warehousing 178 64 36.0%
Information 127 57 44.9%
Finance & Insurance 469 196 41.8%
Real Estate 193 71 36.8%
Professional & Tech. Services 597 205 34.3%
Administrative & Waste Services 1,196 360 30.1%
Educational Services 203 60 29.6%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,391 491 35.3%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 160 45 28.1%
Accommodation & Food Services 878 234 26.7%
Other Services 379 136 35.9%
Public Administration 47 23 48.9%
       
Selected Occupations 9,434 3,290 34.9%
Business & Financial Operations 391 127 32.5%
Computer & Mathematical 184 64 34.8%
Architecture & Engineering 120 36 30.0%
Life, Physical & Social Science 78 41 52.6%
Community & Social Services 154 52 33.8%
Legal 46 17 37.0%
Education, Training & Library 192 37 19.3%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 176 60 34.1%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 286 100 35.0%
Healthcare Support 346 117 33.8%
Protective Service 106 34 32.1%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 672 186 27.7%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 224 100 44.6%
Personal Care & Service 249 87 34.9%
Sales & Related 608 240 39.5%
Office & Administrative Support 1,575 615 39.0%
Construction & Extraction 415 161 38.8%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 304 112 36.8%
Production 1,064 364 34.2%
Transportation & Material Moving 576 197 34.2%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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