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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
January 2018

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In January 2018, 39.7 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 11,668 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 2.2 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Sixteen percent (1,866) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.


Almost 21 percent (2,402) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while 22.2 percent (2,589) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 18 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 9.6 percent of those under 22 years of age and 13.0 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.


In January, more than 42 percent (4,918) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,735 people (14.9%) had less than a high school diploma, while 19.5 percent (2,281) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Over 9 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, 19.6 percent (2,287) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Construction sector. There were also 2,157 individuals with an attachment to the Administrative & Waste Services sector, accounting for 18.5 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 11.1percent (1,292) of those collecting UI benefits in January had worked in the Accommodation & Food Services sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Retail Trade (987), Health Care & Social Assistance (854) and Manufacturing (792).


Those previously employed in Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance occupations accounted for 11.2 percent (1,302) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Office & Administrative Support (1,243), Management (1,034), Construction & Extraction (1,004) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (990) occupations also collected UI benefits in January.  Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Computer & Mathematical (41.0%), Healthcare Support (40.5%), Community & Social Services (39.1%) and Life, Physical & Social Science (34.4%).


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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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