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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending February 28, 2015
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims8,081 initial claims were processed during the month of February, a decrease of 897 (-10.0%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 1,159 (-12.5%) from a year ago. Of the 5,008 monetary determinations issued in February, 420 (8.4%) were monetarily ineligible.  

Weeks Claimed62,260 weeks claimed were processed during the month of February, an increase of 3,079 (5.2%) from the previous month and a decrease of 10,651 (-14.6%) from a year ago. There were 56,287 payments made in February, which resulted in payments totaling $18.7 million. There were 3,737 (6.6%) partial payments issued in February 2015 compared to 5,178 (7.8%) last year. The average weekly benefit payment was $331. The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.9 weeks per claim.

Workshare 82 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 3 (-3.5%) from the previous month and an increase of 16 (24.2%) from February 2014. It is estimated that 28 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.  

First and Final Claims 3,860 first payments and 815 final payments were issued in February 2015. The current exhaustion duration ratio is 36.5 percent.                                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 1,355 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of February 2015. Of the 1,355 determinations, 913 (67.4%) were separation issues and 442 (32.6%) were non-separation issues. Denials were issued for 378 (41.4%) separation issues and 397 (89.8%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 356 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in February 2015. Of the 356 processed, 297 (83.4%) were filed by UI applicants and 59 (16.6%) were filed by employers. The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

Monthly Claims Update

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