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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending December 31, 2018

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Unemployment Insurance 

Initial Claims 9,068 initial claims were processed during the month of December, an increase of 4,730 (109.0%) from the previous month, and an increase of 342 (3.9%) from a year ago.  Of the 4,977 monetary determinations issued in December 320 (6.4%) were monetarily ineligible.   

Weeks Claimed – 39,838 weeks claimed were processed during the month of December, an increase of 14,247 (55.7%) from the previous month and an increase of 7,161 (21.9%) from a year ago.  There were 35,330 payments made in December, which resulted in payments totaling $12.5 million.  There were 2,022 (5.7%) partial payments issued in December 2018 compared to 2,054 (6.9%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $354.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 14.9 weeks per claim. 

Workshare 57 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, an increase of 32 (128.0%) from the previous month and a decrease of 13 (-18.6%) from December 2017.  It is estimated that 23 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 2,754 first payments and 687 final payments were issued in December 2018.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 27.9 percent.

Non-monetary Determinations 1,659 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of December 2018.  Of the 1,659 determinations, 1,042 (62.8%) were separation issues and 617 (37.2%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 410 (39.3%) separation issues and 592 (95.9%) non-separation issues.

Appeals – 263 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in December 2018.  Of the 263 processed, 206 (78.3%) were filed by UI applicants and 57 (21.7%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

December Monthly Update

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