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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending May 31, 2017

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 3,674 initial claims were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 1,682 (-31.4%) from the previous month, and an increase of 84 (2.3%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,501 monetary determinations issued in May, 181 (7.2%) were monetarily ineligible.   

 Weeks Claimed – 38,413 weeks claimed were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 2,570 (-6.3%) from the previous month and a decrease of 2,280 (-5.6%) from a year ago.  There were 35,244 payments made in May, which resulted in payments totaling $12.3 million.  There were 2,494 (7.1%) partial payments issued in May 2017 compared to 2,517 (6.5%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $350.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.3 weeks per claim. 

 Workshare 78 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 27 (-25.7%) from the previous month and a decrease of -44 (-36.1%) from May 2016.  It is estimated that 19 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 1,781 first payments and 866 final payments were issued in May 2017.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.5 percent.                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 1,805 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of May 2017.  Of the 1,805 determinations, 1,076 (59.6%) were separation issues and 729 (40.4%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 452 (42.0%) separation issues and 677 (92.9%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 455 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in May 2017.  Of the 455 processed, 364 (8.0%) were filed by UI applicants and 91 (20.0%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

May monthly update

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