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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending August 31, 2014
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims4,236 initial claims were processed during the month of August, a decrease of 1,397 (-24.8%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 1,150 (-21.4%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,762 monetary determinations issued in August, 370 (13.4%) were monetarily ineligible.  

Weeks Claimed46,398 weeks claimed were processed during the month of August, a decrease of 2,244 (-4.6%) from the previous month and a decrease of 4,812 (-9.4%) from a year ago.  There were 42,289 payments made in August, which resulted in payments totaling $13.0 million.  There were 3,388 (8.0%) partial payments issued in August 2014 compared to 4,172 (8.8%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $309.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 16.2 weeks per claim.

Workshare 143 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 55 (62.5%) from the previous month and a decrease of 74 (-34.1%) from August 2013.  It is estimated that 33 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.  

First and Final Claims 2,075 first payments and 972 final payments were issued in August 2014.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 39.0 percent.                                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 1,649 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of August 2014.  Of the 1,649 determinations, 1,006 (61.0%) were separation issues and 643 (39.0%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 447 (44.4%) separation issues and 535 (83.2%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 407 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in August 2014.  Of the 407 processed, 338 (83.0%) were filed by UI applicants and 69 (17.0%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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