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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending December 31, 2014
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims9,808 initial claims were processed during the month of December, an increase of 4,659 (90.5%) from the previous month, and an increase of 1,429 (17.1%) from a year ago. Of the 5,526 monetary determinations issued in December, 397 (7.2%) were monetarily ineligible.  

Weeks Claimed53,305 weeks claimed were processed during the month of December, an increase of 19,167 (56.1%) from the previous month and a decrease of 6,392 (-10.7%) from a year ago. There were 46,812 payments made in December, which resulted in payments totaling $15.1 million. There were 3,798 (8.1%) partial payments issued in December 2014 compared to 4,822 (8.9%) last year. The average weekly benefit payment was $323. The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 16.1 weeks per claim.  

Workshare 39 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 29 (-42.6%) from the previous month and an increase of 9 (30.0%) from December 2013. It is estimated that 9 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.  

First and Final Claims 3,543 first payments and 1,111 final payments were issued in December 2014. The current exhaustion duration ratio is 37.3 percent.                                               

Non-monetary Determinations 1,629 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of December 2014. Of the 1,629 determinations, 1,097 (67.3%) were separation issues and 532 (32.7%) were non-separation issues. Denials were issued for 432 (39.4%) separation issues and 498 (93.6%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 325 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in December 2014. Of the 325 processed, 248 (76.3%) were filed by UI applicants and 77 (23.7%) were filed by employers. The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

Unemployment Insurance Monthly Update

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