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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending March 31, 2017

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 3,956 initial claims were processed during the month of March, a decrease of 1,420 (-26.4%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 64 (-1.6%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,590 monetary determinations issued in March, 187 (7.2%) were monetarily ineligible.    

Weeks Claimed – 50,967 weeks claimed were processed during the month of March, a decrease of 2,623 (-4.9%) from the previous month and an increase of 155 (0.3%) from a year ago.  There were 48,581 payments made in March, which resulted in payments totaling $17.4 million.  There were 2,991 (6.2%) partial payments issued in March 2017 compared to 2,882 (5.9%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $357.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.1 weeks per claim.   

Workshare 107 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 43 (-28.7%) from the previous month and an increase of 22 (25.9%) from March 2016.  It is estimated that 21 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 2,061 first payments and 759 final payments were issued in March 2017.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.7 percent.                                              

Non-monetary Determinations 1,947 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of March 2017.  Of the 1,947 determinations, 1,158 (59.5%) were separation issues and 789 (40.5%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 469 (40.5%) separation issues and 757 (95.9%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 408 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in March 2017.  Of the 408 processed, 332 (81.4%) were filed by UI applicants and 76 (18.6%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases. 

March monthly Update

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