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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
October 2015

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In October 2015, 27.0 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 6,954 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.3 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted).

Twenty-nine percent (2,019) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks. More than 19 percent (1,348) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while more than 23 percent (1,609) were 45 to 54 years old. Nearly 35 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 17.5 percent of those under 22 years of age and 27.1 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In October, over 36 percent (2,519) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 726 people (10.4%) had less than a high school diploma, while 26.2 percent (1,824) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. More than 26 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 30.4 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

 On an industry basis, 14.6 percent (1,018) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. There were also 958 individuals with an attachment to the Administrative & Waste Services sector, accounting for 13.8 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 12.9 percent (896) of those collecting UI benefits in October had worked in the Manufacturing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Retail Trade (690) and Construction (504). 

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 17.8 percent (1,240) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (875), Transportation & Material Moving (401) and Sales & Related (393) occupations also collected UI benefits in October. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Protective Service (38.1%), Education, Training & Library (35.8%), Healthcare Support (33.8%), Healthcare Practitioner & Technical (33.6%) and Community & Social Services (33.3%).

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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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