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Monthly Claims Update
Month Ending November 30, 2014
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Unemployment Insurance

Initial Claims5,149 initial claims were processed during the month of November, an increase of 408 (8.6%) from the previous month, and a decrease of 535 (-9.4%) from a year ago.  Of the 3,121 monetary determinations issued in November, 338 (10.8%) were monetarily ineligible.  

Weeks Claimed34,138 weeks claimed were processed during the month of November, an increase of 789 (2.4%) from the previous month and a decrease of 7,730 (-18.5%) from a year ago.  There were 29,778 payments made in November, which resulted in payments totaling $9.8 million.  There were 2,480 (8.3%) partial payments issued in November 2014 compared to 3,776 (10.0%) last year.  The average weekly benefit payment was $328.  The number of weekly benefit payments is averaging 16.3 weeks per claim.

Workshare 68 initial claims were processed for Workshare benefits this month, a decrease of 14 (-17.1%) from the previous month and an increase of 18 (36.0%) from November 2013.  It is estimated that 15 layoffs were averted this month as a result of Rhode Island ’s Workshare program.

First and Final Claims 1,921 first payments and 838 final payments were issued in November 2014.  The current exhaustion duration ratio is 38.2 percent.                                                           

Non-monetary Determinations 1,299 non-monetary determinations were issued during the month of November 2014.  Of the 1,299 determinations, 790 (60.8%) were separation issues and 509 (39.2%) were non-separation issues.  Denials were issued for 314 (39.7%) separation issues and 482 (94.7%) non-separation issues.  

Appeals – 293 appeal decisions were processed with the Board of Review in November 2014.  Of the 293 processed, 247 (84.3%) were filed by UI applicants and 46 (15.7%) were filed by employers.  The Board upheld the director’s decision in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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