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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
October 2014

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In October 2014, 23.1 percent of Rhode Island ’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 8,112 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.6 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). Nearly 31 percent (2,478) of the Ocean State ’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.
 

 

Nearly 21 percent (1,676) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while almost 23 percent (1,853) were 45 to 54 years old. Almost 39 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 23.2 percent of those under 22 years of age and 25.1 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed.

In October, more than 38 percent (3,101) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 870 people (10.7%) had less than a high school diploma, while 25.0 percent (2,025) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Almost 29 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 30.8 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed.

On an industry basis, 16.4 percent (1,328) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. There were also 930 individuals with an attachment to the Manufacturing sector, accounting for 11.5 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 11.3 percent (920) of those collecting UI benefits in October had worked in the Administrative & Waste Services sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Retail Trade (790), Construction (743) and Accommodation & Food Services (644).

Those previously employed in Office & Administrative Support occupations accounted for 16.1 percent (1,306) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (876), Sales & Related (518), Food Preparation & Serving Related (500) and Transportation & Material Moving (466) occupations also collected UI benefits in October. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Healthcare Support (40.3%), Education, Training & Library (39.0%), Sales & Related (38.2%) and Office & Administration Support (35.7%).

Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
October 2014

  Total Long-Term Percent
Long-Term
Total 8,112 2,478 30.5%
Male  4,035 1,078 26.7%
Female 4,077 1,400 34.3%
       
Age  8,112 2,478 30.5%
Under 22 168 39 23.2%
22 - 24 451 113 25.1%
25 - 34 1,897 546 28.8%
35 - 44 1,676 505 30.1%
45 - 54 1,853 539 29.1%
55 - 59 906 287 31.7%
60 - 64 674 248 36.8%
65 or over 487 201 41.3%
       
Education 8,112 2,478 30.5%
Less than 9th Grade 219 58 26.5%
9th to 12th, no diploma 651 192 29.5%
High School Graduate 3,101 937 30.2%
Some College 2,029 634 31.2%
Bachelor's Degree 827 247 29.9%
Beyond Bachelor's 1,198 376 31.4%
       
Selected Industries 8,112 2,478 30.5%
Construction 743 102 13.7%
Manufacturing 930 245 26.3%
Wholesale Trade 389 137 35.2%
Retail Trade  790 301 38.1%
Transportation & Warehousing 162 58 35.8%
Information 94 33 35.1%
Finance & Insurance 429 174 40.6%
Real Estate 140 37 26.4%
Professional & Tech. Services 478 169 35.4%
Administrative & Waste Services 920 238 25.9%
Educational Services 223 106 47.5%
Health Care & Social Assistance 1,328 481 36.2%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 113 23 20.4%
Accommodation & Food Services 644 169 26.2%
Other Services 336 100 29.8%
Public Administration 54 16 29.6%
       
Selected Occupations 8,112 2,478 30.5%
Business & Financial Operations 302 100 33.1%
Computer & Mathematical 165 53 32.1%
Architecture & Engineering 97 30 30.9%
Life, Physical & Social Science 79 23 29.1%
Community & Social Services 139 39 28.1%
Legal 46 12 26.1%
Education, Training & Library 241 94 39.0%
Arts, Design, Ent., Sports & Media 138 47 34.1%
Healthcare Practitioner & Technical 243 86 35.4%
Healthcare Support 330 133 40.3%
Protective Service 86 21 24.4%
Food Preparation & Serving Related 500 122 24.4%
Bldg. & Grounds Cleaning & Maint. 189 44 23.3%
Personal Care & Service 230 75 32.6%
Sales & Related 518 198 38.2%
Office & Administrative Support 1,306 466 35.7%
Construction & Extraction 333 65 19.5%
Installation, Maintenance & Repair 221 60 27.1%
Production 876 242 27.6%
Transportation & Material Moving 466 132 28.3%
For more information on Unemployment Insurance, visit the UI web site at www.dlt.ri.gov/ui.


 
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