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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending May 31, 2016

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 3,590 initial claims were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 2,395 (-40.0%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 157 (-4.2%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,618 monetary determinations issued in May, 341 (13.0%) were monetarily ineligible.  

Weeks Claimed 40,693 weeks claimed were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 996 (-2.4%) from the previous month and an increase of 5,652 (16.1%) from a year ago.  There were 38,754 payments made in May, which resulted in payments totaling $13.8 million.  There were 2,517 (6.5%) partial payments issued in May 2016 compared to 2,263 (7.1%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $355.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.1 weeks per claim.  The over-the-year increase is attributed to the “calendar”.  This year there were five Mondays in May (heaviest day for payments) compared to four in May 2015. 

Workshare 122 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 11 (9.9%) from the previous month and a decrease of 65 (-34.8%) from May 2015.  It is estimated that 24 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 2,508 first payments and 872 final payments were issued in May 2016.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 29.0 percent.                                               

Non-monetary Determinations 1,956 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of May 2016.  Of the 1,956 determinations, 1,176 (60.1%) were separation issues and 780 (39.9%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 508 (43.2%) separation issues and 691 (88.6%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 313 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in May 2016.  Of the 313 processed, 251 (80.2%) were filed by UI applicants and 62 (19.8%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.  

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