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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending July 31, 2018

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 4,430 initial claims were processed during the month of July, a decrease of 1,071 (-19.5%) from the previous month, and an increase of 348 (8.5%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,986 monetary determinations issued in July 119 (4.0%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 44,886 weeks claimed were processed during the month of July, an increase of 17,602 (64.5%) from the previous month and a decrease of 1,703 (-3.7%) from a year ago.  There were 40,717 payments made in July, which resulted in payments totaling $13.1 million.  There were 2,557 (6.3%) partial payments issued in July 2018 compared to 2,898 (6.9%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $323.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.1 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 81 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 52 (-39.1%) from the previous month and a decrease of 17 (-17.3%) from July 2017.  It is estimated that 24 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 3,463 first payments and 741 final payments were issued in July 2018.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 27.4 percent.

Non-monetary Determinations 1,982 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of July 2018.  Of the 1,982 determinations, 988 (49.8%) were separation issues and 994 (50.2%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 416 (42.1%) separation issues and 738 (74.2%) non-separation issues.

Appeals – 381 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in July 2018.  Of the 381 processed, 298 (78.2%) were filed by UI applicants and 83 (21.8%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.


July monthly update

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