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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending July 31, 2019

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 4,081 initial claims were processed during the month of July, a decrease of 1,362 (-25.0%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 349 (-7.9%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,805 monetary determinations issued in July 157 (5.6%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 43,877 weeks claimed were processed during the month of July, an increase of 16,290 (59.0%) from the previous month and a decrease of 1,009 (-2.2%) from a year ago.  There were 40,496 payments made in July, which resulted in payments totaling $13.4 million.  There were 2,262 (5.6%) partial payments issued in July 2019 compared to 2,557 (6.3%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $332.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.0 weeks per claim.   

Workshare 157 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 74 (-32.0%) from the previous month and an increase of 76 (93.8%) from July 2018.  It is estimated that 35 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 3,061 first payments and 742 final payments were issued in July 2019.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 27.5 percent.

Non-monetary Determinations 1,853 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of July 2019.  Of the 1,853 determinations, 894 (48.2%) were separation issues and 959 (51.8%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 368 (41.2%) separation issues and 706 (73.6%) non-separation issues.

Appeals – 304 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in July 2019.  Of the 304 processed, 243 (79.9%) were filed by UI applicants and 61 (20.1%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

July monthly update


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