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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
May 2017

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In May 2017, 38.1 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 7,651 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.4 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Thirty-five percent (2,679) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

 

 

Nearly 21 percent (1,588) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while 23.0 percent (1,763) were 45 to 54 years old. Nearly 39 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 30.6 percent of those under 22 years of age and 33.6 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

 

In May, 38.1 percent (2,917) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 934 people (12.2%) had less than a high school diploma, while 23.5 percent (1,799) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Almost 38 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 32.2 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

 

On an industry basis, 13.7 percent (1,050) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Administrative & Waste Services sector. There were also 987 individuals with an attachment to the Construction sector, accounting for 12.9 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 12.3 percent (941) of those collecting UI benefits in May had worked in the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Manufacturing (833), Retail Trade (689) and Accommodation & Food Services (626).

 

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 15.5 percent (1,189) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (795), Food Preparation & Serving Related (484), Transportation & Material Moving (481) and Sales & Related (423) occupations also collected UI benefits in May.  Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (52.2%), Construction & Extraction (46.9%) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (45.7%).

 

 

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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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