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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending March 31, 2019

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 3,167 initial claims were processed during the month of March, a decrease of 1,534 (-32.6%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 312 (-9.0%) from a year ago. Of the 2,135 monetary determinations issued in March 138 (6.5%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 46,449 weeks claimed were processed during the month of March, a decrease of 2,941 (-6.0%) from the previous month and an increase of 315 (0.7%) from a year ago.  There were 44,592 payments made in March, which resulted in payments totaling $16.6 million.  There were 2,297 (5.2%) partial payments issued in March 2019 compared to 2,452 (5.6%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $373.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 14.8 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 80 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 71 (788.9%) from the previous month and a decrease of 44 (-35.5%) from March 2018.  It is estimated that 20 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 1,926 first payments and 601 final payments were issued in March 2019.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 27.0 percent.                                         

Non-monetary Determinations 1,384 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of March 2019.  Of the 1,384 determinations, 847 (61.2%) were separation issues and 537 (38.8%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 329 (38.8%) separation issues and 526 (98.0%) non-separation issues.

Appeals – 284 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in March 2019.  Of the 284 processed, 221 (77.8%) were filed by UI applicants and 63 (22.2%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

March monthly update

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