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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending May 31, 2015
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 3,747 initial claims were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 2,360 (-38.6%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 325 (-8.0%) from a year ago. Of the 2,257 monetary determinations issued in May, 178 (7.9%) were monetarily ineligible.      

Weeks Claimed35,041 weeks claimed were processed during the month of May, a decrease of 11,196 (-24.2%) from the previous month and a decrease of 6,570 (-15.8%) from a year ago. There were 31,872 payments made in May, which resulted in payments totaling $10.5 million. There were 2,263 (7.1%) partial payments issued in May 2015 compared to 3,071 (8.2%) last year. The average weekly benefit payment was $331. The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.6 weeks per claim.  

Workshare 187 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 148 (379.5%) from the previous month and an increase of 164 (713.0%) from May 2014. It is estimated that 44 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.  

First and Final Claims 1,726 first payments and 885 final payments were issued in May 2015. The current exhaustion duration ratio is 33.8 percent.                                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 2,081 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of May 2015.  Of the 2,081 determinations, 1,286 (61.8%) were separation issues and 795 (38.2%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 574 (44.6%) separation issues and 716 (90.1%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 356 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in May 2015. Of the 356 processed, 298 (83.7%) were filed by UI applicants and 58 (16.3%) were filed by employers. The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

Monthly Unemployment Insurance Update

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