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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending April 30, 2016

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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 5,985 initial claims were processed during the month of April, an increase of 1,965 (48.9%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 122 (-2.0%) from a year ago. Of the 2,917 monetary determinations issued in April, 150 (5.1%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 41,689 weeks claimed were processed during the month of April, a decrease of 9,123 (-18.0%) from the previous month and a decrease of 4,548 (-9.8%) from a year ago.  There were 38,031 payments made in April, which resulted in payments totaling $12.8 million.  There were 2,491 (6.5%) partial payments issued in April 2016 compared to 2,886 (6.8%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $335.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.3 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 111 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 26 (30.6%) from the previous month and an increase of 72 (184.6%) from April 2015.  It is estimated that 31 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program. 

First and Final Claims 1,853 first payments and 825 final payments were issued in April 2016.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 29.2 percent.                                               

Non-monetary Determinations 2,131 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of April 2016.  Of the 2,131 determinations, 1,192 (55.9%) were separation issues and 939 (44.1%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 483 (40.5%) separation issues and 885 (94.2%) non-separation issues. 

Appeals – 356 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in April 2016.  Of the 356 processed, 289 (81.2%) were filed by UI applicants and 67 (18.8%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.  

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