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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending September 30, 2016

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 3,178 initial claims were processed during the month of September, a decrease of 1,017 (-24.2%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 601 (-15.9%) from a year ago.  Of the 1,993 monetary determinations issued in September, 198 (9.9%) were monetarily ineligible. 

Weeks Claimed – 29,276 weeks claimed were processed during the month of September, a decrease of 18,775 (-39.1%) from the previous month and a decrease of 124 (-0.4%) from a year ago.  There were 26,700 payments made in September, which resulted in payments totaling $9.2 million.  There were 2,294 (8.6%) partial payments issued in September 2016 compared to 2,110 (7.7%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $344.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.0 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 168 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 126 (300.0%) from the previous month and an increase of 16 (10.5%) from September 2015.  It is estimated that 54 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 1,558 first payments and 622 final payments were issued in September 2016.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 29.7 percent.                                               

Non-monetary Determinations 1,985 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of September 2016.  Of the 1,985 determinations, 1,187 (59.8%) were separation issues and 798 (40.2%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 515 (43.4%) separation issues and 689 (86.3%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 466 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in September 2016.  Of the 466 processed, 354 (76.0%) were filed by UI applicants and 112 (24.0%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.  

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