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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending January 31, 2015
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims 8,978 initial claims were processed during the month of January, a decrease of 830 (-8.5%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 1,319 (-12.8%) from a year ago.  Of the 6,321 monetary determinations issued in January, 374 (5.9%) were monetarily ineligible.     

Weeks Claimed 59,181 weeks claimed were processed during the month of January, an increase of 5,876 (11.0%) from the previous month and a decrease of 9,422 (-13.7%) from a year ago.  There were 51,643 payments made in January, which resulted in payments totaling $16.7 million.  There were 3,376 (6.5%) partial payments issued in January 2015 compared to 5,566 (9.1%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $323.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.9 weeks per claim.

Workshare 85 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 46 (117.9%) from the previous month and an increase of 42 (97.7%) from January 2014.  It is estimated that 17 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.  

First and Final Claims 5,840 first payments and 894 final payments were issued in January 2015.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 37.1 percent.                                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 1,694 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of January 2015.  Of the 1,694 determinations, 1,068 (63.0%) were separation issues and 626 (37.0%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 517 (48.4%) separation issues and 554 (88.5%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 325 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in January 2015.  Of the 325 processed, 267 (82.2%) were filed by UI applicants and 58 (17.8%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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