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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
March 2015

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In March 2015, 38.4 percent of Rhode Island ’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 14,543 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 2.8 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 22 percent (3,252) 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 (3,077) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while over 24 percent (3,522) were 45 to 54 years old. More than 25 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 19.5 percent of those under 22 years of age and 24.5 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.  

In March, nearly 44 percent (6,326) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 2,313 people (15.9%) had less than a high school diploma, while 18.3 percent (2,657) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Almost 18 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 27.5 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.  

On an industry basis, 22.8 percent (3,322) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Construction sector. There were also 2,524 individuals with an attachment to the Administrative & Waste Services sector, accounting for 17.4 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 9.8 percent (1,418) of those collecting UI benefits in March had worked in the Accommodation & Food Services sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Manufacturing (1,096), Retail Trade (1,066) and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,062).  

Those previously employed in Construction & Extraction occupations accounted for 11.4 percent (1,654) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (1,628), Office & Administrative Support (1,625), Production (1,151) and Food Preparation & Serving Related (1,132) occupations also collected UI benefits in March. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Education, Training & Library (39.2%), Healthcare Support (37.5%), Community & Social Services (35.2%) and Life, Physical & Social Science (34.1%).

 

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
March 2015

   Total   Long-Term   Percent
Long-Term
Total 14,543 3,252 22.4%
Male  9,819 1,884 19.2%
Female 4,724 1,368 29.0%
       
Age  14,543 3,252 22.4%
Under 22 349 68 19.5%
22 - 24 787 193 24.5%
25 - 34 3,369 743 22.1%
35 - 44 3,077 694 22.6%
45 - 54 3,522 749 21.3%
55 - 59 1,565 332 21.2%
60 - 64 1,060 243 22.9%
65 or over 814 230 28.3%
       
Education 14,543 3,252 22.4%
Less than 9th Grade 703 111 15.8%
9th to 12th, no diploma 1,610 297 18.4%
High School Graduate 6,326 1,321 20.9%
Some College 3,052 742 24.3%
Bachelor's Degree 1,120 314 28.0%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,537 416 27.1%
       
Selected Industries 14,543 3,252 22.4%
Construction 3,322 328 9.9%
Manufacturing 1,096 313 28.6%
Wholesale Trade 456 123 27.0%
Retail Trade  1,066 278 26.1%
Transportation & Warehousing 319 77 24.1%
Information 168 71 42.3%
Finance & Insurance 369 125 33.9%
Real Estate 247 81 32.8%
Professional & Tech. Services 474 125 26.4%
Administrative & Waste Services 2,524 370 14.7%
Educational Services 168 57 33.9%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,062 391 36.8%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 635 177 27.9%
Accommodation & Food Services 1,418 400 28.2%
Other Services 428 141 32.9%
Public Administration 96 23 24.0%
       
Selected Occupations 14,543 3,252 22.4%
Business & Financial Operations 263 66 25.1%
Computer & Mathematical 136 44 32.4%
Architecture & Engineering 148 34 23.0%
Life, Physical & Social Science 82 28 34.1%
Community & Social Services 128 45 35.2%
Legal 32 8 25.0%
Education, Training & Library 143 56 39.2%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 200 48 24.0%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 226 68 30.1%
Healthcare Support 253 95 37.5%
Protective Service 103 28 27.2%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 1,132 302 26.7%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 1,628 277 17.0%
Personal Care & Service 255 77 30.2%
Sales & Related 671 199 29.7%
Office & Administrative Support 1,625 491 30.2%
Construction & Extraction 1,654 213 12.9%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 402 107 26.6%
Production 1,151 288 25.0%
Transportation & Material Moving 1,010 230 22.8%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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