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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending October 31, 2017

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 3,418 initial claims were processed during the month of October, an increase of 254 (8.0%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 104 (-3.0%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,138 monetary determinations issued in October 120 (5.6%) were monetarily ineligible. 

 Weeks Claimed – 30,128 weeks claimed were processed during the month of October, an increase of 3,436 (12.9%) from the previous month and a decrease of 2,135 (-6.6%) from a year ago.  There were 27,502 payments made in October, which resulted in payments totaling $10.0 million.  There were 1,987 (7.2%) partial payments issued in October 2017 compared to 2,240 (7.8%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $362.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.2 weeks per claim.   

Workshare 79 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 21 (36.2%) from the previous month and a decrease of 131 (-62.4%) from October 2016.  It is estimated that 26 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

 First and Final Claims 1,600 first payments and 710 final payments were issued in October 2017.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.2 percent.                                            

Non-monetary Determinations 1,746 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of October 2017.  Of the 1,746 determinations, 1,109 (63.5%) were separation issues and 637 (36.5%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 477 (43.0%) separation issues and 592 (92.9%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 416 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in October 2017.  Of the 416 processed, 348 (83.7%) were filed by UI applicants and 68 (16.3%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

October monthly update

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