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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending May 31, 2019

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 3,056 initial claims were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 3,242 (-51.5%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 151 (-4.7%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,222 monetary determinations issued in May 189 (8.5%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 27,954 weeks claimed were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 15,442 (-35.6%) from the previous month and a decrease of 139 (-0.5%) from a year ago.  There were 26,148 payments made in May, which resulted in payments totaling $9.6 million.  There were 1,552 (5.9%) partial payments issued in May 2019 compared to 1,664 (6.3%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $367.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 14.8 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 297 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 243 (450.0%) from the previous month and an increase of 203 (216.0%) from May 2018.  It is estimated that 66 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 1,526 first payments and 619 final payments were issued in May 2019.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 27.1 percent.

Non-monetary Determinations 1,595 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of May 2019.  Of the 1,595 determinations, 881 (55.2%) were separation issues and 714 (44.8%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 353 (40.1%) separation issues and 666 (93.3%) non-separation issues.                                                                                                        

Appeals – 270 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in May 2019.  Of the 270 processed, 210 (77.8%) were filed by UI applicants and 60 (22.2%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.May monthly update

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