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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending December 31, 2016

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 9,133 initial claims were processed during the month of December, an increase of 4,221 (85.9%) from the previous month, and an increase of 451 (5.2%) from a year ago.  Of the 4,966 monetary determinations issued in December, 286 (5.8%) were monetarily ineligible.    

Weeks Claimed – 35,510 weeks claimed were processed during the month of December, an increase of 5,356 (17.8%) from the previous month and a decrease of 3,680 (-9.4%) from a year ago.  There were 31,891 payments made in December, which resulted in payments totaling $10.9 million.  There were 2,424 (7.6%) partial payments issued in December 2016 compared to 2,773 (7.9%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $341.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.0 weeks per claim.   

Workshare 89 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 59 (196.7%) from the previous month and an increase of 27 (43.5%) from December 2015.  It is estimated that 23 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 2,422 first payments and 670 final payments were issued in December 2016.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 28.9 percent.                                              

Non-monetary Determinations 1,659 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of December 2016.  Of the 1,659 determinations, 1,044 (62.9%) were separation issues and 615 (37.1%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 440 (42.1%) separation issues and 577 (93.8%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 344 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in December 2016.  Of the 344 processed, 282 (82.0%) were filed by UI applicants and 62 (18.0%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

December monthly update

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