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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
September 2014

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In September 2014, 20.8 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 8,401 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.6 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Nearly 31percent (2,589) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.
 

  More than 21 percent (1,787) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while almost 23 percent (1,922) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 35 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 27.1 percent of those under 22 years of age and 29.2 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In September, over 38 percent (3,204) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 914 people (10.9%) had less than a high school diploma, while 25.4 percent (2,130) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. More than 29 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 28.4 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

On an industry basis, 16.4 percent (1,381) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. There were also 972 individuals with an attachment to the Administrative & Waste Services sector, accounting for 11.6 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 10.8 percent (905) of those collecting UI benefits in September had worked in the Manufacturing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Retail Trade (857), Construction (700) and Accommodation & Food Services (585).

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 16.5 percent (1,385) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (919), Sales & Related (548), Transportation & Material Moving (528) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (441) occupations also collected UI benefits in September. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Healthcare Practitioner & Technical (41.0%), Healthcare Support (39.1%), Protective Service (38.5%) and Business & Financial Operations (37.1%).

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed, September 2014

   Total   Long-Term   Percent 
Long-Term
Total 8,401 2,589 30.8%
Male  4,023 1,176 29.2%
Female 4,378 1,413 32.3%
       
Age  8,401 2,589 30.8%
Under 22 170 46 27.1%
22 - 24 445 130 29.2%
25 - 34 1,907 582 30.5%
35 - 44 1,787 526 29.4%
45 - 54 1,922 572 29.8%
55 - 59 918 292 31.8%
60 - 64 732 247 33.7%
65 or over 520 194 37.3%
       
Education 8,401 2,589 30.8%
Less than 9th Grade 227 71 31.3%
9th to 12th, no diploma 687 197 28.7%
High School Graduate 3,204 1,018 31.8%
Some College 2,057 659 32.0%
Bachelor's Degree 848 237 27.9%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,282 367 28.6%
       
Selected Industries 8,401 2,589 30.8%
Construction 700 115 16.4%
Manufacturing 905 253 28.0%
Wholesale Trade 383 141 36.8%
Retail Trade  857 314 36.6%
Transportation & Warehousing 202 45 22.3%
Information 91 30 33.0%
Finance & Insurance 476 189 39.7%
Real Estate 150 36 24.0%
Professional & Tech. Services 540 187 34.6%
Administrative & Waste Services 972 247 25.4%
Educational Services 271 57 21.0%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,381 495 35.8%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 115 41 35.7%
Accommodation & Food Services 585 207 35.4%
Other Services 373 107 28.7%
Public Administration 63 15 23.8%
       
Selected Occupations 8,401 2,589 30.8%
Business & Financial Operations 337 125 37.1%
Computer & Mathematical 182 57 31.3%
Architecture & Engineering 100 36 36.0%
Life, Physical & Social Science 79 17 21.5%
Community & Social Services 140 41 29.3%
Legal 49 11 22.4%
Education, Training & Library 280 40 14.3%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 159 55 34.6%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 288 118 41.0%
Healthcare Support 338 132 39.1%
Protective Service 91 35 38.5%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 441 138 31.3%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 164 57 34.8%
Personal Care & Service 249 83 33.3%
Sales & Related 548 189 34.5%
Office & Administrative Support 1,385 486 35.1%
Construction & Extraction 294 55 18.7%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 240 74 30.8%
Production 919 257 28.0%
Transportation & Material Moving 528 140 26.5%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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