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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending February 28, 2017

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 5,376 initial claims were processed during the month of February, a decrease of 2,043 (-27.5%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 1,910 (-26.2%) from a year ago.  Of the 3,521 monetary determinations issued in February, 221 (6.3%) were monetarily ineligible.   

 Weeks Claimed – 53,590 weeks claimed were processed during the month of February, a decrease of 8,851 (-14.2%) from the previous month and a decrease of 13,425 (-20.0%) from a year ago.  There were 49,887 payments made in February, which resulted in payments totaling $17.6 million.  There were 3,004 (6.0%) partial payments issued in February 2017 compared to 3,546 (5.9%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $352.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.0 weeks per claim. 

 Workshare 150 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 34 (29.3%) from the previous month and an increase of 96 (177.8%) from February 2016.  It is estimated that 45 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

 First and Final Claims 3,464 first payments and 629 final payments were issued in February 2017.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.8 percent.

 Non-monetary Determinations 1,766 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of February 2017.  Of the 1,766 determinations, 1,053 (59.6%) were separation issues and 713 (40.4%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 425 (40.4%) separation issues and 677 (95.0%) non-separation issues.

 Appeals – 379 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in February 2017.  Of the 379 processed, 318 (83.9%) were filed by UI applicants and 61 (16.1%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

February monthly update

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