In June 2016, 27.6 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers
were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
Numbering 7,864 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for
1.5 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Nearly
31 percent (2,398) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced
long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment
benefits for more than fourteen weeks.
More than 19 percent (1,524) of the people receiving UI benefits
were between the ages of 35 and 44, while almost 23 percent
(1,783) were 45 to 54 years old. Almost 32 percent of all insured
unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits
for at least fourteen weeks, while 14.6 percent of those under 22
years of age and 25.3 percent of 22 to 24 years old were
considered long-term unemployed.
In June, over 39 percent (3,074) of those collecting UI benefits
had just a high school diploma. An additional 888 people (11.3%)
had less than a high school diploma, while 23.1 percent (1,816) of
the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Over 30
percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school
diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen
weeks, while 29.6 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s
degree were also considered long-term unemployed.
On an industry basis, 13.0 percent (1,023) of the State’s insured
unemployed workers came from the Administrative & Waste Services
sector. There were also 1,021 individuals with an attachment to
the Health Care & Social Assistance sector, accounting for 13.0
percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 12.1
percent (949) of those collecting UI benefits in June had worked
in the Manufacturing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed
were also reported in Accommodation & Food Services (852), Retail
Trade (743) and Construction (688).
Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support
occupations accounted for 17.8 percent (1,399) of the State’s
insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed
in Production (914), Food Preparation & Serving Related (690) and
Transportation & Material Moving (570) occupations also collected
UI benefits in June. Numerous occupational groups reported
concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average,
including Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (43.7%),
Installation, Maintenance & Repair (37.1%), Construction &
Extraction (35.9%) and Healthcare Practitioner & Technical