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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
April 2019

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In April 2019, 49.1 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 8,010 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.5 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted).  Nearly 33 percent (2,617) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

Almost 21 percent (1,649) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while more than 22 percent (1,788) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 35 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 32.7 percent of those under 22 years of age and 27.6 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In April, more than 40 percent (3,248) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,040 people (13.0%) had less than a high school diploma, while 22.5 percent (1,803) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Nearly 35 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 31.3 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

On an industry basis, 15.3 percent (1,223) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Administrative & Waste Services sector. There were also 1,215 individuals with an attachment to the Construction sector accounting for 15.2 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 10.0 percent (799) of those collecting UI benefits in April had worked in the Manufacturing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Accommodation & Food Services (773), Health Care & Social Assistance (703) and Retail Trade (682).

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 13.1 percent (1,047) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (676), Transportation & Material Moving (613), Management (605) and Construction & Extraction (558) 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 (50.4%), Legal (42.3%), Food Preparation & Serving Related (41.8%) and Protective Service (36.4%).

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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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