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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending February 28, 201

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 4,859 initial claims were processed during the month of February, a decrease of 2,890 (-37.3%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 517 (-9.6%) from a year ago.  Of the 3,200 monetary determinations issued in February, 234 (7.3%) were monetarily ineligible.   

 Weeks Claimed – 51,220 weeks claimed were processed during the month of February, a decrease of 10,105 (-16.5%) from the previous month and a decrease of 2,370 (-4.4%) from a year ago.  There were 47,959 payments made in February, which resulted in payments totaling $17.1 million.  There were 2,548 (5.3%) partial payments issued in February 2018 compared to 3,004 (6.0%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $357.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.2 weeks per claim. 

 Workshare 67 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 33 (-33.0%) from the previous month and a decrease of 83 (-55.3%) from February 2017.  It is estimated that 17 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

 First and Final Claims 3,242 first payments and 562 final payments were issued in February 2018.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.4 percent.                                             

Non-monetary Determinations 1,834 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of February 2018.  Of the 1,834 determinations, 1,049 (57.2%) were separation issues and 785 (42.8%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 426 (40.6%) separation issues and 757 (96.4%) non-separation issues.

 Appeals – 380 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in February 2018.  Of the 380 processed, 321 (84.5%) were filed by UI applicants and 59 (15.5%) 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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