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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-02-20)

For immediate release:
4/02/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-02-20)

Charles Pearce, Director of Communications, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassachusettsFrom March 22 to March 28, 2020, Massachusetts had a record 181,032 individuals file an initial claim for unemployment insurance, which represents an increase of 22.3% over the previous week. Food and Accommodation once again posted the largest total amount of initial unemployment claims filed over the week – up 25,993 – although that number is 41.4% lower than the previous week when that sector posted a 44,353 person increase in initial claims. Other particularly affected industries were Retail Trade, which registered the largest single increase in new initial claims of 15,444 (160.5%) followed by Manufacturing, which was up by 7,674 (262.9%.)

Industry Week Ending 3/21 Week Ending 3/28 Change  % Change 
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 237 445 208 87.8%
Mining 30 52 22 73.3%
Utilities 47 124 77 163.8%
Construction 13,522 17,328 3,806 28.1%
Manufacturing 2,919 10,593 7,674 262.9%
Wholesale Trade 2,279 5,618 3,339 146.5%
Retail Trade 9,622 25,066 15,444 160.5%
Transportation & Warehouse 6,772 5,242 -1,530 -22.6%
Information 1,268 2,025 757 59.7%
Finance & Insurance 646 973 327 50.6%
Real Estate 1,676 2,649 973 58.1%
Professional and Technical Services 5,175 8,853 3,678 71.1%
Management of Companies 1,703 1,162 -541 -31.8%
Administrative & Waste Services 4,422 8,883 4,461 100.9%
Education 2,914 3,792 878 30.1%
Health & Social Assistance 18,192 20,677 2,485 13.7%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 5,137 4,580 -577 -10.8%
Food & Accommodation 44,353 25,933 -18,360 -41.4%
Other Services 11,047 15,419 4,372 39.6%
Public Administration 1,679 1,913 234 13.9%
Information Not Available 14,355 19,645 5,290 36.9%

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-02-20)

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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