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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending October 31, 2015

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 3,894 initial claims were processed during the month of October, an increase of 115 (3.0%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 847 (-17.9%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,356 monetary determinations issued in October, 232 (9.8%) were monetarily ineligible.     

Weeks Claimed 28,016 weeks claimed were processed during the month of October, a decrease of 1,384 (-4.7%) from the previous month and a decrease of 5,333 (-16.0%) from a year ago.  There were 25,339 payments made in October, which resulted in payments totaling $8.5 million.  There were 1,821 (7.2%) partial payments issued in October 2015 compared to 2,570 (8.5%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $337.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.3 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 79 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 73 (-48.0%) from the previous month and a decrease of 3 (-3.7%) from October 2014.  It is estimated that 21 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 1,520 first payments and 643 final payments were issued in October 2015.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 31.5 percent.                                              

Non-monetary Determinations 1,538 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of October 2015.  Of the 1,538 determinations, 1,059 (68.9%) were separation issues and 479 (31.1%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 468 (44.2%) separation issues and 462 (96.5%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 396 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in October 2015.  Of the 396 processed, 330 (83.3%) were filed by UI applicants and 66 (16.7%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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