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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending September 30, 2017

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 3,164 initial claims were processed during the month of September, a decrease of 553 (-14.9%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 14 (-0.4%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,035 monetary determinations issued in September 158 (7.8%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 26,692 weeks claimed were processed during the month of September, a decrease of 10,997 (-29.2%) from the previous month and a decrease of 2,584 (-8.8%) from a year ago.  There were 24,612 payments made in September, which resulted in payments totaling $8.7 million.  There were 2,030 (8.2%) partial payments issued in September 2017 compared to 2,294 (8.6%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $355.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.3 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 58 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 18 (45.0%) from the previous month and a decrease of 110 (-65.5%) from September 2016.  It is estimated that 17 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

 First and Final Claims 1,376 first payments and 574 final payments were issued in September 2017.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.3 percent.                                         

Non-monetary Determinations 1,791 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of September 2017.  Of the 1,791 determinations, 1,063 (59.4%) were separation issues and 728 (40.6%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 479 (45.1%) separation issues and 664 (91.2%) non-separation issues.

 Appeals – 399 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in September 2017.  Of the 399 processed, 329 (82.5%) were filed by UI applicants and 70 (17.5%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

September monthly update

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