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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
August 2014

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In August 2014, 27.4 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 11,933 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 2.3 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 22 percent (2,654) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.
 

  Twenty percent (2,386) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while over 25 percent (3,031) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 19 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 28.2 percent of those under 22 years of age and 23.8 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In August, nearly 43 percent (5,084) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,307 people (11.0%) had less than a high school diploma, while 22.4 percent (2,673) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Nearly 21 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 23.0 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

On an industry basis, 15.7 percent (1,877) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Accommodation & Food Service sector. There were also 1,715 individuals with an attachment to the Health Care & Social Assistance sector, accounting for 14.4 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 13.2 percent (1,574) of those collecting UI benefits in August had worked in the Transportation & Warehousing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Administrative & Waste Services (1,074), Retail Trade (939) and Manufacturing (937).

Those previously employed in Transportation & Material Moving occupations accounted for 14.3 percent (1,708) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Office & Administrative Support (1,558), Food Preparation & Serving Related (1,478), Production (1,013) and Sales & Related (623) occupations also collected UI benefits in August. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Legal (42.5%), Business & Financial Operations (37.8%), Architecture & Engineering (36.5%) and Computer & Mathematical (35.4%).

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed- August 2014
   Total   Long-Term    Percent
Long-Term
Total 11,933 2,654 22.2%
Male  4,653 1,237 26.6%
Female 7,280 1,417 19.5%
       
Age  11,933 2,654 22.2%
Under 22 206 58 28.2%
22 - 24 509 121 23.8%
25 - 34 2,273 634 27.9%
35 - 44 2,386 542 22.7%
45 - 54 3,031 618 20.4%
55 - 59 1,423 278 19.5%
60 - 64 1,081 218 20.2%
65 or over 1,024 185 18.1%
       
Education 11,933 2,654 22.2%
Less than 9th Grade 321 73 22.7%
9th to 12th, no diploma 986 199 20.2%
High School Graduate 5,084 1,045 20.6%
Some College 2,740 685 25.0%
Bachelor's Degree 1,040 254 24.4%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,633 360 22.0%
       
Selected Industries 11,933 2,654 22.2%
Construction 623 147 23.6%
Manufacturing 937 269 28.7%
Wholesale Trade 434 163 37.6%
Retail Trade  939 286 30.5%
Transportation & Warehousing 1,574 42 2.7%
Information 93 35 37.6%
Finance & Insurance 472 202 42.8%
Real Estate 165 46 27.9%
Professional & Tech. Services 587 212 36.1%
Administrative & Waste Services 1,074 271 25.2%
Educational Services 448 49 10.9%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,715 466 27.2%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 151 36 23.8%
Accommodation & Food Services 1,877 204 10.9%
Other Services 422 120 28.4%
Public Administration 102 20 19.6%
       
Selected Occupations 11,933 2,654 22.2%
Business & Financial Operations 392 148 37.8%
Computer & Mathematical 189 67 35.4%
Architecture & Engineering 104 38 36.5%
Life, Physical & Social Science 87 12 13.8%
Community & Social Services 189 43 22.8%
Legal 40 17 42.5%
Education, Training & Library 600 39 6.5%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 179 48 26.8%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 296 101 34.1%
Healthcare Support 374 102 27.3%
Protective Service 164 33 20.1%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 1,478 136 9.2%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 187 53 28.3%
Personal Care & Service 399 81 20.3%
Sales & Related 623 196 31.5%
Office & Administrative Support 1,558 550 35.3%
Construction & Extraction 285 79 27.7%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 257 79 30.7%
Production 1,013 268 26.5%
Transportation & Material Moving 1,708 132 7.7%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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