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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
July 2019

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In July 2019, 43.3 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 9,074 people these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.7 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted).  Twenty percent (1,812) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

Twenty-two percent (1,780) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while more than 19 percent (1,958) were 45 to 54 years old. Seventeen percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 18.9 percent of those under 22 years of age and 18.5 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In July, nearly 42 percent (3,779) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 923 people (10.2%) had less than a high school diploma, while 22.7 percent (2,062) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Over 20 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 22.2 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

On an industry basis, 16.4 percent (1,489) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Transportation & Warehousing sector. There were also 1,435 individuals with an attachment to the Accommodation & Food Services sector accounting for 15.8 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 10.4 percent (940) of those collecting UI benefits in July had worked in the Manufacturing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Health Care & Social Service (908), Administrative & Waste Services (867) and Retail Trade (684).

Those previously employed in Transportation & Material Moving occupations accounted for 16.2 percent (1,469) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Office & Administrative Support (1,039), Food Preparation & Serving Related (967), Production (713) and Management (540) occupations also collected UI benefits in July.  Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Legal (38.1%), Computer & Mathematical (35.9%), Office & Administrative Support (31.9%) and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (30.0%).

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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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