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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending December 31, 2015

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 8,682 initial claims were processed during the month of December, an increase of 4,459 (105.6%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 1,126 (-11.5%) from a year ago. Of the 5,013 monetary determinations issued in December, 313 (6.2%) were monetarily ineligible.     

Weeks Claimed 39,190 weeks claimed were processed during the month of December, an increase of 2,851 (7.8%) from the previous month and a decrease of 14,115 (26.5%) from a year ago. There were 35,096 payments made in December, which resulted in payments totaling $11.5 million. There were 2,773 (7.9%) partial payments issued in December 2015 compared to 3,798 (8.1%) last year. The average weekly benefit payment was $328. The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.4 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 62 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 8 (-11.4%) from the previous month and an increase of 23 (59.0%) from December 2014. It is estimated that 15 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 2,591 first payments and 757 final payments were issued in December 2015. The current exhaustion duration ratio is 30.4 percent.                                               

Non-monetary Determinations 1,649 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of December 2015. Of the 1,649 determinations, 1,047 (63.5%) were separation issues and 602 (36.5%) were non-separation issues. Denials were issued for 426 (40.7%) separation issues and 543 (90.2%) non-eparation issues. 

Appeals – 444 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in December 2015. Of the 444 processed, 353 (79.5%) were filed by UI applicants and 91 (20.5%) were filed by employers. The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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