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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending July 31, 2017

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 4,082 initial claims were processed during the month of July, a decrease of 1,938 (-32.2%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 181 (-4.2%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,667 monetary determinations issued in July, 127 (4.8%) were monetarily ineligible.   

 Weeks Claimed – 46,589 weeks claimed were processed during the month of July, an increase of 15,972 (52.2%) from the previous month and an increase of 5,990 (14.8%) from a year ago.  There were 41,784 payments made in July, which resulted in payments totaling $13.3 million.  There were 2,898 (6.9%) partial payments issued in July 2017 compared to 2,619 (7.2%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $319.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.3 weeks per claim. 

 Workshare 98 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 43 (78.2%) from the previous month and a decrease of 45 (-31.5%) from July 2016.  It is estimated that 25 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 3,327 first payments and 820 final payments were issued in July 2017.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.1 percent.                                              

Non-monetary Determinations 2,126 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of July 2017.  Of the 2,126 determinations, 996 (46.8%) were separation issues and 1,130 (53.2%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 428 (43.0%) separation issues and 826 (73.1%) non-separation issues.

 Appeals – 315 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in July 2017.  Of the 315 processed, 263 (83.5%) were filed by UI applicants and 52 (16.5%) 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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