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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data

For immediate release:
3/25/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data

Charles Pearce, Director of Communications - Exec. Office of Labor and Workforce Development

BostonBetween March, 15th and March 21st,, 2020, Massachusetts had 147,995 individuals file an initial claim for unemployment insurance. This represented an historically unprecedented increase of 1,904% over the prior week, and can be attributed to workers who have been laid off as a result of work closures related to COVID-19. Particularly affected industries were Food and Accommodation which registered the largest single increase in new initial claims – 44,353.

In terms of largest change in new claimants as a percent, Healthcare & Social Assistance showed an increase of 4,035%; Other Services, which includes employees of private households, showed an increase of 3,570%; and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, which showed an increase of 2,548%.

Industry

Week Ending 3/14

Week Ending 3/21

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting

30

237

207

690%

Mining

2

30

28

1400%

Utilities

5

47

42

840%

Construction

800

13,522

12,722

1590%

Manufacturing

329

2,919

2,590

787%

Wholesale Trade

196

2,279

2,083

1063%

Retail Trade

441

9,622

9,181

2082%

Transportation & Warehouse

521

6,772

6,251

1200%

Information

142

1,268

1,126

793%

Finance & Insurance

169

646

477

282%

Real Estate

119

1,676

1,557

1308%

Professional and Technical Services

521

5,175

4,654

893%

Management of Companies

87

1,703

1,616

1857%

Administrative & Waste Services

604

4,422

3,818

632%

Education

144

2,914

2,770

1924%

Healthcare & Social Assistance

440

18,192

17,752

4035%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

194

5,137

4,943

2548%

Food & Accomodation

1,861

44,353

42,492

2283%

Other Services

301

11,047

10,746

3570%

Public Administration

116

1,679

1,563

1347%

Information Not Available

362

14,352

13,990

3865%

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development  

EOLWD manages the Commonwealth’s workforce development and labor departments to ensure that workers, employers, and the unemployed have the tools and training needed to succeed in the Massachusetts economy.
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