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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending March 31, 2015
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims4,524 initial claims were processed during the month of March, a decrease of 3,557 (-44.0%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 993 (-18.0%) from a year ago. Of the 3,082 monetary determinations issued in March, 359 (11.6%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed70,821 weeks claimed were processed during the month of March, an increase of 8,561 (13.8%) from the previous month and a decrease of 9,257 (-11.6%) from a year ago.  There were 65,347 payments made in March, which resulted in payments totaling $22.0 million. There were 4,145 (6.3%) partial payments issued in March 2015 compared to 5,699 (7.8%) last year. The average weekly benefit payment was $337. The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.8 weeks per claim.  

Workshare 56 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 26 (-31.7%) from the previous month and a decrease of 188 77.0%) from March 2014. It is estimated that 16 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.  

First and Final Claims 2,926 first payments and 1,108 final payments were issued in March 2015.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 35.2 percent.                                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 1,829 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of March 2015. Of the 1,829 determinations, 1,110 (60.7%) were separation issues and 719 (39.3%) were non-separation issues. Denials were issued for 467 (42.1%) separation issues and 686 (95.4%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 372 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in March 2015.  Of the 372 processed, 300 (80.6%) were filed by UI applicants and 72 (19.4%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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