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Characteristics of the Insured Unemployed
June 2015

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In June 2015, 25.7 percent of Rhode Island’s unemployed workers were eligible to collect Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Numbering 8,073 people, these "insured unemployed" accounted for 1.5 percent of the State’s total employed (unadjusted). More than 32 percent (2,606) of the Ocean State’s insured unemployed faced long-term unemployment, defined as collecting unemployment benefits for more than fourteen weeks.

 

More than 19 percent (1,568) of the people receiving UI benefits were between the ages of 35 and 44, while almost 24 percent (1,897) were 45 to 54 years old. Over 33 percent of all insured unemployed workers 60 years and older had been collecting benefits for at least fourteen weeks, while 28.7 percent of those under 22 years of age and 26.8 percent of 22 to 24 years old were considered long-term unemployed. 

In June, more than 39 percent (3,161) of those collecting UI benefits had just a high school diploma. An additional 839 people (10.4%) had less than a high school diploma, while 23.9 percent (1,933) of the insured unemployed had at least a Bachelor’s degree. Nearly 34 percent of insured unemployed workers with less than a high school diploma had been collecting benefits for a minimum of fourteen weeks, while 29.1 percent of those with at least a Bachelor’s degree were also considered long-term unemployed. 

On an industry basis, 13.8 percent (1,115) of the State’s insured unemployed workers came from the Health Care & Social Assistance sector. There were also 928 individuals with an attachment to the Administration & Waste Services sector, accounting for 11.5 percent of all insured unemployed workers. An additional 10.9 percent (880) of those collecting UI benefits in June had worked in the Manufacturing sector. Large numbers of insured unemployed were also reported in Retail Trade (810), Construction (768) and Accommodation & Food Services (730). 

Those previously employed in Office & Administration Support occupations accounted for 17.7 percent (1,426) of the State’s insured unemployed. A large number of workers previously employed in Production (847), Food Preparation & Serving Related (595), Sales & Related (512) and Transportation & Material Moving (480) occupations also collected UI benefits in June. Numerous occupational groups reported concentrations of long-term unemployment above the state average, including Construction & Extraction (45.1%), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (42.1%), Personal Care & Service (39.7%) and Legal (38.7%). 

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


 
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