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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending January 31, 2017

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 7,419 initial claims were processed during the month of January, a decrease of 1,714 (-18.8%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 990 (-11.8%) from a year ago.  Of the 5,836 monetary determinations issued in January, 202 (3.5%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 62,441 weeks claimed were processed during the month of January, an increase of 26,931 (75.8%) from the previous month and an increase of 11,961 (23.7%) from a year ago.  There were 54,578 payments made in January, which resulted in payments totaling $18.9 million.  There were 3,096 (5.7%) partial payments issued in January 2017 compared to 2,638 (6.0%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $347.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 14.9 weeks per claim.   

Workshare 116 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 27 (30.3%) from the previous month and an increase of 93 (404.3%) from January 2016.  It is estimated that 39 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 5,550 first payments and 810 final payments were issued in January 2017.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 29.3 percent.                                              

Non-monetary Determinations 1,822 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of January 2017.  Of the 1,822 determinations, 945 (51.9%) were separation issues and 877 (48.1%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 385 (40.7%) separation issues and 808 (92.1%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 392 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in January 2017.  Of the 392 processed, 305 (77.8%) were filed by UI applicants and 87 (22.2%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.  

January monthly update

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