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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending March 31, 2016

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 4,020 initial claims were processed during the month of March, a decrease of 3,266 (-44.8%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 504 (-11.1%) from a year ago. Of the 2,685 monetary determinations issued in March, 225 (8.4%) were monetarily ineligible.     

Weeks Claimed 50,812 weeks claimed were processed during the month of March, a decrease of 16,203 (-24.2%) from the previous month and a decrease of 20,009 (-28.3%) from a year ago.  There were 48,793 payments made in March, which resulted in payments totaling $16.7 million. There were 2,882 (5.9%) partial payments issued in March 2016 compared to 4,145 (6.3%) last year. The average weekly benefit payment was $341. The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.4 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 85 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 31 (57.4%) from the previous month and an increase of 29 (51.8%) from March 2015. It is estimated that 22 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 2,247 first payments and 821 final payments were issued in March 2016. The current exhaustion duration ratio is 29.3 percent.                                               

Non-monetary Determinations 2,260 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of March 2016. Of the 2,260 determinations, 1,337 (59.2%) were separation issues and 923 (40.8%) were non-separation issues. Denials were issued for 562 (42.0%) separation issues and 828 (89.7%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 413 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in March 2016. Of the 413 processed, 338 (81.8%) were filed by UI applicants and 75 (18.2%) were filed by employers. The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.  

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