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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending December 31, 2019

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 9,403 initial claims were processed during the month of December, an increase of 5,777 (159.3) from the previous month, and an increase of 335 (3.7%) from a year ago.  Of the 5,153 monetary determinations issued in December 375 (7.3%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 41,051 weeks claimed were processed during the month of December, an increase of 17,569 (74.8%) from the previous month and an increase of 1,213 (3.0%) from a year ago.  There were 35,953 payments made in December, which resulted in payments totaling $13.2 million.  There were 2,101 (5.8%) partial payments issued in December 2019 compared to 2,022 (5.7%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $368.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 14.9 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 27 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 14 (-34.1%) from the previous month and a decrease of 30 (-52.6%) from December 2018.  It is estimated that 7 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 2,897 first payments and 659 final payments were issued in December 2019.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 26.9 percent.                                        

Non-monetary Determinations 1,354 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of December 2019.  Of the 1,354 determinations, 882 (65.1%) were separation issues and 472 (34.9%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 342 (38.8%) separation issues and 442 (93.6%) non-separation issues.                                                                                                             

Appeals – 259 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in December 2019.  Of the 259 processed, 203 (78.4%) were filed by UI applicants and 56 (21.6%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in more than two-thirds of the cases.

December monthly update


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