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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending July 31, 2014
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims5,633 initial claims were processed during the month of July, a decrease of 1,470 (-20.7%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 1,742 (-23.6%) from a year ago. Of the 3,760 monetary determinations issued in July, 319 (8.5%) were monetarily ineligible.    

Weeks Claimed48,642 weeks claimed were processed during the month of July, an increase of 1,202 (2.5%) from the previous month and a decrease of 10,902 (-18.3%) from a year ago.  There were 43,467 payments made in July, which resulted in payments totaling $13.5 million. There were 3,319 (7.6%) partial payments issued in July 2014 compared to 4,746 (8.8%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $310. The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 16.2 weeks per claim.  

Workshare 88 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 54 (-38.0%) from the previous month and a decrease of 71 (-44.7%) from July 2013. It is estimated that 21 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.  

First and Final Claims 3,246 first payments and 1,002 final payments were issued in July 2014. The current exhaustion duration ratio is 39.7 percent.                                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 1,743 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of July 2014.  Of the 1,743 determinations, 969 (55.6%) were separation issues and 774 (44.4%) were non-separation issues. Denials were issued for 398 (41.1%) separation issues and 544 (70.3%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 468 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in July 2014.  Of the 468 processed, 396 (84.6%) were filed by UI applicants and 72 (15.4%) were filed by employers. The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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