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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending July 31, 2015

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims – 5,302 initial claims were processed during the month of July, a decrease of 632 (-10.7%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 331 (-5.9%) from a year ago.  Of the 3,337 monetary determinations issued in July, 220 (6.6%) were monetarily ineligible.  

Weeks Claimed – 42,157 weeks claimed were processed during the month of July, an increase of 1,110 (2.7%) from the previous month and a decrease of 6,485 (-13.3%) from a year ago.  There were 37,525 payments made in July, which resulted in payments totaling $11.4 million.  There were 2,685 (7.2%) partial payments issued in July 2015 compared to 3,319 (7.6%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $303.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.5 weeks per claim. 

Workshare – 71 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 62 (-46.6%) from the previous month and a decrease of 17 (-19.3%) from July 2014.  It is estimated that 22 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims – 3,009 first payments and 742 final payments were issued in July 2015.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 32.4 percent.                                               

Non-monetary Determinations 1,919 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of July 2015.  Of the 1,919 determinations, 1,085 (56.5%) were separation issues and 834 (43.5%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 488 (45.0%) separation issues and 607 (72.8%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 444 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in July 2015.  Of the 444 processed, 347 (78.2%) were filed by UI applicants and 97 (21.8%) were filed by employers. The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.  

Monthly Unemployment Claims Data

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