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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending October 31, 2014
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 4,741 initial claims were processed during the month of October, an increase of 423 (9.8%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 480 (-9.2%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,776 monetary determinations issued in October, 222 (8.0%) were monetarily ineligible.

Weeks Claimed33,349 weeks claimed were processed during the month of October, a decrease of 8,715 (-20.7%) from the previous month and a decrease of 5,736 (-14.7%) from a year ago.  There were 30,326 payments made in October, which resulted in payments totaling $10.1 million.  There were 2,570 (8.5%) partial payments issued in October 2014 compared to 3,711 (10.2%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $332.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 16.2 weeks per claim.

Workshare 82 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 7 (-7.9%) from the previous month and a decrease of 152 (-65.0%) from October 2013.  It is estimated that 17 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 1,758 first payments and 859 final payments were issued in October 2014.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 38.8 percent.                   

Non-monetary Determinations 1,590 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of October 2014.  Of the 1,590 determinations, 1,034 (65.0%) were separation issues and 556 (35.0%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 429 (41.5%) separation issues and 536 (96.4%) non-separation issues.

Appeals – 347 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in October 2014.  Of the 347 processed, 280 (80.7%) were filed by UI applicants and 67 (19.3%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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