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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
February 2015

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In February 2015, 39.7 percent of Rhode Island ’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 15,132 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 3.0 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 18 percent (2,740) of the Ocean State ’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

 

More than 21 percent (3,187) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while almost 24 percent (3,618) were 45 to 54 years old. Over 20 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 14.2 percent of those under 22 years of age and 18.6 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.  

In February, more than 43 percent (6,539) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 2,327 people (15.4%) had less than a high school diploma, while 18.8 percent (2,842) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Over 12 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, 22.5 percent (3,410) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Construction sector. There were also 2,668 individuals with an attachment to the Administrative & Waste Services sector, accounting for 17.6 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 9.8 percent (1,484) of those collecting UI benefits in February had worked in the Accommodation & Food Services sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Health Care & Social Assistance (1,097), Manufacturing (1,086) and Retail Trade.  

Those previously employed in Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance occupations accounted for 11.5 percent (1,736) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Office & Administrative Support (1,634), Construction & Extraction (1,624), Food Preparation & Serving Related (1,176) and Production (1,168) occupations also collected UI benefits in February. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Legal (41.2%), Education, Training & Library (38.0%), Healthcare Support (36.7%) and Healthcare Practitioner & Technical (34.2%).

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
February 2015

   Total   Long-Term   Percent
Long-Term
Total 15,132 2,740 18.1%
Male  10,237 1,459 14.3%
Female 4,895 1,281 26.2%
       
Age  15,132 2,740 18.1%
Under 22 372 53 14.2%
22 - 24 861 160 18.6%
25 - 34 3,559 662 18.6%
35 - 44 3,187 562 17.6%
45 - 54 3,618 641 17.7%
55 - 59 1,643 280 17.0%
60 - 64 1,067 189 17.7%
65 or over 825 193 23.4%
       
Education 15,132 2,740 18.1%
Less than 9th Grade 702 62 8.8%
9th to 12th, no diploma 1,625 223 13.7%
High School Graduate 6,539 1,038 15.9%
Some College 3,224 691 21.4%
Bachelor's Degree 1,174 291 24.8%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,668 390 23.4%
       
Selected Industries 15,132 2,740 18.1%
Construction 3,410 176 5.2%
Manufacturing 1,086 311 28.6%
Wholesale Trade 436 117 26.8%
Retail Trade  1,077 267 24.8%
Transportation & Warehousing 385 60 15.6%
Information 164 60 36.6%
Finance & Insurance 386 134 34.7%
Real Estate 261 71 27.2%
Professional & Tech. Services 494 141 28.5%
Administrative & Waste Services 2,668 236 8.8%
Educational Services 184 62 33.7%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,097 401 36.6%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 730 89 12.2%
Accommodation & Food Services 1,484 346 23.3%
Other Services 421 123 29.2%
Public Administration 103 22 21.4%
       
Selected Occupations 15,132 2,740 18.1%
Business & Financial Operations 268 75 28.0%
Computer & Mathematical 152 51 33.6%
Architecture & Engineering 152 33 21.7%
Life, Physical & Social Science 100 26 26.0%
Community & Social Services 133 42 31.6%
Legal 34 14 41.2%
Education, Training & Library 171 65 38.0%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 213 57 26.8%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 225 77 34.2%
Healthcare Support 259 95 36.7%
Protective Service 117 28 23.9%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 1,176 260 22.1%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 1,736 104 6.0%
Personal Care & Service 271 68 25.1%
Sales & Related 707 190 26.9%
Office & Administrative Support 1,634 423 25.9%
Construction & Extraction 1,624 121 7.5%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 407 87 21.4%
Production 1,168 260 22.3%
Transportation & Material Moving 1,055 190 18.0%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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