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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
October 2016

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In October 2016, 25.2 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 6,697 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.3 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Nearly 29 percent (1,934) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

Almost 20 percent (1,306) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while nearly 23 percent (1,523) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 32 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 22.7 percent of those under 22 years of age and 25.8 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.


In October, over 39 percent (2,639) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 646 people (9.6%) had less than a high school diploma, while 24.8 percent (1,662) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Almost 27 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 29.0 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.


On an industry basis, 15.0 percent (1,004) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Manufacturing sector. There were also 940 individuals with an attachment to the Health Care & Social Assistance sector, accounting for 14.0 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 13.1 percent (875) of those collecting UI benefits in October had worked in the Administrative & Waste Services sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Retail Trade (615), Accommodation & Food Services (507) and Construction (494).


Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 16.3 percent (1,091) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (839), Transportation & Material Moving (445) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (356) occupations also collected UI benefits in October. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Education, Training & Library (44.1%), Life, Physical & Social Science (39.6%), Office & Administrative Support (34.7%) and Healthcare Support (34.3%).


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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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