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News Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-09-20)

March 29 to April 4, 2020
4/09/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-09-20)

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

Massachusetts had 139,450 individuals file an initial claim for unemployment insurance from March 29 to April 4. This represented a decrease of 23% over the previous week. Among the known industries affected, Food and Accommodation, Retail Trade, and Health and Social Assistance continued to show the largest number of initial claims filed this week at 20,529, 17,163 and 16,276 respectively. In the last three weeks, from March 15 to April 4, initial claims filed totaled 468,477.

The Department is currently paying unemployment compensation to over 250,000 Massachusetts claimants. Over the last 3 weeks, the customer service staff at DUA has grown from around 50 employees to over 600. Since March 23rd they have made over 60,000 callbacks to constituents and are now making over 6000 calls a day. For the past 19 days, DUA has hosted daily unemployment town halls, in both English and Spanish, which have now been attended by over 100,000 constituents.

March 29 to April 4, 2020

Industry

Week Ending 3/28

Week Ending 4/04

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

445

387

-58

-13.0%

Mining

52

34

-18

-34.6%

Utilities

124

82

-42

-33.9%

Construction

17,328

10,376

-6,952

-40.1%

Manufacturing

10,593

7,572

-3,021

-28.5%

Wholesale Trade

5,618

4599

-1,019

-18.1%

Retail Trade

25,066

20,529

-4,537

-18.1%

Transportation & Warehouse

5,242

4,740

-502

-9.6%

Information

2,025

2,308

283

14.0%

Finance & Insurance

973

990

17

1.7%

Real Estate

2,649

1,978

-671

-25.3%

Professional and Technical Services

8,853

6,887

-1,966

-22.2%

Management of Companies

1,162

862

-300

-25.8%

Administrative & Waste Services

8,883

7,129

-1,754

-19.7%

Education

3,792

2,689

-1,103

-29.1%

Health & Social Assistance

20,677

16,276

-4,401

-21.3%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

4,580

3,230

-1,350

-29.5%

Food & Accommodation

25,993

17,163

-8,830

-34.0%

Other Services

15,419

10,883

-4,536

-29.4%

Public Administration

1,913

1,468

-445

-23.3%

Information Not Available

19,645

19,268

-377

-1.9%

 

Weekly initial claims by industry

 

Initial claims by industry for COVID-19 surge

 

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-09-20)

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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