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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
July 2014

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In July 2014, 26.6 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 11,942 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 2.3 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Nearly 25 percent (2,962) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.
 

 

More than 20 percent (2,401) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while over 25 percent (3,033) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 21 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 25.6 percent of those under 22 years of age and 29.5 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In July, over 42 percent (5,066) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,422 people (11.9%) had less than a high school diploma, while 21.6 percent (2,576) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Over 23 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 25.3 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

On an industry basis, 14.9 percent (1,778) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Accommodation & Food Service sector. There were also 1,628 individuals with an attachment to the Health Care & Social Assistance sector, accounting for 13.6 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 11.8 percent (1,411) of those collecting UI benefits in July had worked in the Transportation & Warehousing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Administrative & Waste Services (1,176), Manufacturing (1,062) and Retail Trade (933).

Those previously employed in Transportation & Material Moving occupations accounted for 13.5 percent (1,615) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Office & Administrative Support (1,612), Food Preparation & Serving Related (1,397), Production (1,144) and Sales & Related (635) occupations also collected UI benefits in July. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Legal (38.5%), Architecture & Engineering (37.4%), Office & Administrative Support (37.3%) and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance. (36.5%).

 

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed - July 2014

   Total   Long-Term   Percent
Long-Term
Total 11,942 2,962 24.8%
Male  4,948 1,470 29.7%
Female 6,994 1,492 21.3%
       
Age  11,942 2,962 24.8%
Under 22 219 56 25.6%
22 - 24 516 152 29.5%
25 - 34 2,352 711 30.2%
35 - 44 2,401 640 26.7%
45 - 54 3,033 674 22.2%
55 - 59 1,386 293 21.1%
60 - 64 1,040 226 21.7%
65 or over 995 210 21.1%
       
Education 11,942 2,962 24.8%
Less than 9th Grade 394 84 21.3%
9th to 12th, no diploma 1,028 244 23.7%
High School Graduate 5,066 1,185 23.4%
Some College 2,724 747 27.4%
Bachelor's Degree 1,023 258 25.2%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,553 394 25.4%
       
Selected Industries 11,942 2,962 24.8%
Construction 733 222 30.3%
Manufacturing 1,062 354 33.3%
Wholesale Trade 434 163 37.6%
Retail Trade  933 296 31.7%
Transportation & Warehousing 1,411 50 3.5%
Information 123 61 49.6%
Finance & Insurance 470 199 42.3%
Real Estate 178 72 40.4%
Professional & Tech. Services 600 179 29.8%
Administrative & Waste Services 1,176 306 26.0%
Educational Services 407 50 12.3%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,628 516 31.7%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 145 38 26.2%
Accommodation & Food Services 1,778 209 11.8%
Other Services 394 113 28.7%
Public Administration 92 23 25.0%
       
Selected Occupations 11,942 2,962 24.8%
Business & Financial Operations 394 124 31.5%
Computer & Mathematical 194 64 33.0%
Architecture & Engineering 115 43 37.4%
Life, Physical & Social Science 86 26 30.2%
Community & Social Services 192 60 31.3%
Legal 52 20 38.5%
Education, Training & Library 514 33 6.4%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 194 52 26.8%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 292 96 32.9%
Healthcare Support 349 114 32.7%
Protective Service 146 38 26.0%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 1,397 157 11.2%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 222 81 36.5%
Personal Care & Service 359 91 25.3%
Sales & Related 635 214 33.7%
Office & Administrative Support 1,612 602 37.3%
Construction & Extraction 344 107 31.1%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 263 86 32.7%
Production 1,144 295 25.8%
Transportation & Material Moving 1,615 168 10.4%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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