In December 2016, 35.6 percent of Rhode
Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect
Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 8,819 people,
these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.7 percent of the
State’s total employed (unadjusted). Nearly 21 percent (1,818)
of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term
unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for
more than fourteen weeks.