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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
March 2014

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In March 2014, 33.2 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering, 16,555 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 3.3 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 24 percent (4,044) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.
 

  Nearly 22 percent (3,562) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while 24 percent (3,979) were 45 to 54 years old. Nearly 27 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 17.9 percent of those under 22 years of age and 24.6 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In March, over 44 percent (7,355) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 2,443 people (14.8%) had less than a high school diploma, while 18.8 percent (3,110) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Almost 21 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, 20.6 percent (3,417) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Construction sector. There were also 2,923 individuals with an attachment to the Administrative & Waste Services sector, accounting for 17.7 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 9.1 percent (1,510) of those collecting UI benefits in March had worked in the Accommodation & Food Services sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Health Care & Social Assistance (1,329), Retail Trade (1,261) and Manufacturing (1,236).

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 12.5 percent (2,077) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (1,864), Construction & Extraction (1,711), Production (1,345) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (1,292) occupations also collected UI benefits in March. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Legal (46.3%), Education, Training & Library (38.5%), Computer & Mathematical (37.1%) and Personal Care & Service (36.5%).

  Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed, March 2014
   Total   Long-Term   Percent
Long-Term
Total 16,555 4,044 24.4%
Male  10,873 2,301 21.2%
Female 5,682 1,743 30.7%
       
Age  16,555 4,044 24.4%
Under 22 408 73 17.9%
22 - 24 966 238 24.6%
25 - 34 3,826 945 24.7%
35 - 44 3,562 896 25.2%
45 - 54 3,979 929 23.3%
55 - 59 1,745 415 23.8%
60 - 64 1,130 276 24.4%
65 or over 939 272 29.0%
       
Education 16,555 4,044 24.4%
Less than 9th Grade 782 145 18.6%
9th to 12th, no diploma 1,661 358 21.5%
High School Graduate 7,355 1,680 22.8%
Some College 3,398 929 27.3%
Bachelor's Degree 1,293 372 28.8%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,816 512 28.2%
       
Selected Industries 16,555 4,044 24.4%
Construction 3,417 403 11.8%
Manufacturing 1,236 342 27.7%
Wholesale Trade 538 178 33.1%
Retail Trade  1,261 368 29.2%
Transportation & Warehousing 386 97 25.1%
Information 133 37 27.8%
Finance & Insurance 526 229 43.5%
Real Estate 307 97 31.6%
Professional & Tech. Services 710 206 29.0%
Administrative & Waste Services 2,923 538 18.4%
Educational Services 228 82 36.0%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,329 505 38.0%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 733 205 28.0%
Accommodation & Food Services 1,510 401 26.6%
Other Services 463 133 28.7%
Public Administration 140 54 38.6%
       
Selected Occupations 16,555 4,044 24.4%
Business & Financial Operations 388 134 34.5%
Computer & Mathematical 221 82 37.1%
Architecture & Engineering 157 37 23.6%
Life, Physical & Social Science 98 19 19.4%
Community & Social Services 149 44 29.5%
Legal 67 31 46.3%
Education, Training & Library 174 67 38.5%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 242 64 26.4%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 258 94 36.4%
Healthcare Support 330 120 36.4%
Protective Service 133 47 35.3%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 1,292 313 24.2%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 1,864 395 21.2%
Personal Care & Service 277 101 36.5%
Sales & Related 780 232 29.7%
Office & Administrative Support 2,077 639 30.8%
Construction & Extraction 1,711 241 14.1%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 494 131 26.5%
Production 1,345 326 24.2%
Transportation & Material Moving 1,095 260 23.7%

 

For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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