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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending August 31, 2016

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 4,195 initial claims were processed during the month of August, a decrease of 68 (-1.6%) from the previous month, and an increase of 212 (5.3%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,628 monetary determinations issued in August, 201 (7.6%) were monetarily ineligible.    

Weeks Claimed 48,051 weeks claimed were processed during the month of August, an increase of 7,452 (18.4%) from the previous month and a decrease of 285 (-0.6%) from a year ago.  There were 44,432 payments made in August, which resulted in payments totaling $13.8 million.  There were 3,290 (7.4%) partial payments issued in August 2016 compared to 3,023 (6.8%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $311.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.0 weeks per claim.   

Workshare 42 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 101 (-70.6%) from the previous month and an increase of 28 (200%) from July 2015.  It is estimated that 16 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 2,137 first payments and 830 final payments were issued in August 2016.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 29.2 percent.                                               

Non-monetary Determinations 1,954 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of August 2016.  Of the 1,954 determinations, 1,158 (59.3%) were separation issues and 796 (40.7%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 489 (42.2%) separation issues and 703 (88.3%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 511 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in August 2016.  Of the 511 processed, 397 (77.7%) were filed by UI applicants and 114 (22.3%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.  

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