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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending October 31, 2018

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 3,605 initial claims were processed during the month of October, an increase of 927 (34.6%) from the previous month, and an increase of 187 (5.5%) from a year ago.  Of the 2,349 monetary determinations issued in October 102 (4.3%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 28,334 weeks claimed were processed during the month of October, an increase of 3,048 (12.1%) from the previous month and a decrease of 1,794 (-6.0%) from a year ago.  There were 26,257 payments made in October, which resulted in payments totaling $9.5 million.  There were 1,752 (6.7%) partial payments issued in October 2018 compared to 1,987 (7.2%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $361.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 15.0 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 41 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 70 (-63.1%) from the previous month and a decrease of 38 (-48.1%) from October 2017.  It is estimated that 12 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 1,610 first payments and 663 final payments were issued in October 2018.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 27.4 percent.                                          

Non-monetary Determinations 1,700 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of October 2018.  Of the 1,700 determinations, 1,051 (61.8%) were separation issues and 649 (38.2%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 403 (38.3%) separation issues and 627 (96.6%) non-separation issues.

Appeals – 397 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in October 2018.  Of the 397 processed, 323 (81.4%) were filed by UI applicants and 74 (18.6%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

October monthly update

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