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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending April 30, 2015
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims6,107 initial claims were processed during the month of April, an increase of 1,583 (35.0%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 491 (-7.4%) from a year ago. Of the 2,728 monetary determinations issued in April, 164 (6.0%) were monetarily ineligible.      

Weeks Claimed46,237 weeks claimed were processed during the month of April, a decrease of 24,584 (-34.7%) from the previous month and a decrease of 6,566 (-12.4%) from a year ago. There were 42,645 payments made in April, which resulted in payments totaling $13.9 million.  There were 2,886 (6.8%) partial payments issued in April 2015 compared to 4,097 (8.3%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $326. The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.7 weeks per claim.  

Workshare 39 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 17 (-30.4%) from the previous month and an increase of 2 (5.4%) from April 2014. It is estimated that 8 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.  

First and Final Claims 2,005 first payments and 932 final payments were issued in April 2015. The current exhaustion duration ratio is 34.3 percent.                                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 2,230 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of April 2015.  Of the 2,230 determinations, 1,325 (59.4%) were separation issues and 905 (40.6%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 567 (42.8%) separation issues and 833 (92.0%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 379 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in April 2015.  Of the 379 processed, 318 (83.9%) were filed by UI applicants and 61 (16.1%) were filed by employers. The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

Unemployment Insurance Monthly Update

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