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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending May 31, 2018

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 3,207 initial claims were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 2,122 (-39.8) from the previous month, and a decrease of 467 (-12.7%) from a year ago.  Of the 3,207 monetary determinations issued in May 168 (7.5%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 28,093 weeks claimed were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 16,541 (-37.1%) from the previous month and an increase of 10,320 (26.9%) from a year ago.  There were 26,498 payments made in May, which resulted in payments totaling $9.4 million.  There were 1,664 (6.3%) partial payments issued in May 2018 compared to 2,494 (7.1%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $354.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.1 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 94 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 42 (-30.9%) from the previous month and an increase of 16 (20.5%) from May 2017.  It is estimated that 29 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 1,518 first payments and 612 final payments were issued in May 2018.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.0 percent.                                              

Non-monetary Determinations 1,807 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of May 2018.  Of the 1,807 determinations, 1,022 (56.6%) were separation issues and 785 (43.4%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 455 (44.5%) separation issues and 739 (94.1%) non-separation issues.

Appeals – 433 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in May 2018.  Of the 433 processed, 334 (77.1%) were filed by UI applicants and 99 (22.9%) 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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