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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
August 2015

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In August 2015, 32.1 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 10,335 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.9 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted).

More than 21 percent (2,206) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks. Nearly 19 percent (1,916) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while 26 percent (2,683) were 45 to 54 years old. Almost 20 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 29.9 percent of those under 22 years of age and 22.5 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed. 

In August, nearly 42 percent (4,331) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,125 people (10.9%) had less than a high school diploma, while 22.9 percent (2,364) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Nearly 19 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 24.1 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed. 

On an industry basis, 15.5 percent (1,603) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the

Accommodation & Food Services sector. There were also 1,446 individuals with an attachment to the Transportation & Warehousing sector, accounting for 14.0 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 12.9 percent (1,336) of those collecting UI benefits in August had worked in the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Administrative & Waste Services (982), Manufacturing (945) and Retail Trade (763).  

Those previously employed in Transportation & Material Moving occupations accounted for 15.3 percent (1,577) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Office & Administrative Support (1,379), Food Preparation & Serving Related (1,285) and Production (990) occupations also collected UI benefits in August. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Legal (38.9%), Computer & Mathematical (37.7%), Architecture & Engineering (34.8%), Office & Administrative Support (33.5%) and Business & Financial Occupations (33.2%).

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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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