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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
December 2014

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In December 2014, 31.7 percent of Rhode Island ’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 10,520 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 2.0 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 23 percent (2,472) of the Ocean State ’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

 

Nearly 21 percent (2,154) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while 23 percent (2,418) were 45 to 54 years old. Almost 30 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 12.7 percent of those under 22 years of age and 18.3 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.  

In December, nearly 40 percent (4,193) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 1,275 people (12.1%) had less than a high school diploma, while 23.2 percent (2,436) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Nineteen percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 27.6 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.  

On an industry basis, 13.8 percent (1,451) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Administrative & Waste Services sector. There were also 1,346 individuals with an attachment to the Construction sector, accounting for 12.8 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 11.8 percent (1,237) of those collecting UI benefits in December had worked in the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Accommodation & Food Services (1,129), Manufacturing (972) and Retail Trade (846).  

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 13.9 percent (1,458) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (948), Food Preparation & Serving Related (859), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (785) and Construction & Extraction (682) occupations also collected UI benefits in December. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Education, Training & Library (48.4%), Computer & Mathematical (37.1%), Healthcare Support (37.0%) and Legal (36.0%).  

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
December 2014
   Total   Long-Term   Percent
Long-Term
Total 10,520 2,472 23.5%
Male  6,058 1,073 17.7%
Female 4,462 1,399 31.4%
       
Age  10,520 2,472 23.5%
Under 22 229 29 12.7%
22 - 24 633 116 18.3%
25 - 34 2,546 566 22.2%
35 - 44 2,154 503 23.4%
45 - 54 2,418 535 22.1%
55 - 59 1,099 298 27.1%
60 - 64 788 244 31.0%
65 or over 653 181 27.7%
       
Education 10,520 2,472 23.5%
Less than 9th Grade 330 50 15.2%
9th to 12th, no diploma 945 193 20.4%
High School Graduate 4,193 898 21.4%
Some College 2,462 616 25.0%
Bachelor's Degree 1,043 275 26.4%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,393 396 28.5%
       
Selected Industries 10,520 2,472 23.5%
Construction 1,346 119 8.8%
Manufacturing 972 284 29.2%
Wholesale Trade 394 119 30.2%
Retail Trade  846 256 30.3%
Transportation & Warehousing 216 53 24.5%
Information 149 30 20.1%
Finance & Insurance 393 173 44.0%
Real Estate 222 46 20.7%
Professional & Tech. Services 496 153 30.8%
Administrative & Waste Services 1,451 229 15.8%
Educational Services 229 109 47.6%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,237 484 39.1%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 476 26 5.5%
Accommodation & Food Services 1,129 166 14.7%
Other Services 407 115 28.3%
Public Administration 90 23 25.6%
       
Selected Occupations 10,520 2,472 23.5%
Business & Financial Operations 305 96 31.5%
Computer & Mathematical 170 63 37.1%
Architecture & Engineering 136 34 25.0%
Life, Physical & Social Science 78 28 35.9%
Community & Social Services 138 40 29.0%
Legal 50 18 36.0%
Education, Training & Library 248 120 48.4%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 163 46 28.2%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 239 80 33.5%
Healthcare Support 305 113 37.0%
Protective Service 116 34 29.3%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 859 136 15.8%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 785 35 4.5%
Personal Care & Service 258 88 34.1%
Sales & Related 595 185 31.1%
Office & Administrative Support 1,458 416 28.5%
Construction & Extraction 681 73 10.7%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 304 69 22.7%
Production 948 246 25.9%
Transportation & Material Moving 650 131 20.2%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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