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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
July 2018

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In July 2018, 39.9 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 9,309 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.7 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted).  More than twenty percent (1,880) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

More than 19 percent (1,792) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while nearly 19 percent (2,141) were 45 to 54 years old. Nineteen percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 20.7 percent of those under 22 years of age and 21.5 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.


In July, more than 41 percent (3,830) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 983 people (10.6%) had less than a high school diploma, while 23.4 percent (2,174) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Almost 18 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 23.1 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.


On an industry basis, 16.1 percent (1,501) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Accommodation & Food Services sector. There were also 1,361 individuals with an attachment to the Transportation & Warehousing sector accounting for 14.6 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 12.0 percent (1,113) of those collecting UI benefits in July had worked in the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Manufacturing (988), Administrative & Waste Services (871) and Retail Trade (745).


Those previously employed in Transportation & Material Moving occupations accounted for 14.9 percent (1,391) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Office & Administrative Support (1,168), Food Preparation & Serving Related (1,058), Production (835) and Management (631) occupations also collected UI benefits in July.  Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Healthcare Practitioner & Technical (37.9 %), Construction & Extraction (37.4%), Life, Physical & Social Science (32.3%) and Installation, Maintenance & Repair (31.3%).


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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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