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News Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-23-20)

April 12 to April 18
4/23/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-23-20)

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

Massachusetts had 80,153 individuals file an initial claim for unemployment insurance from April 12 to April 18. This represented a decrease of 22% over the previous week as most of the workers who have been laid off as a result of work closures related to COVID-19 have already filed claims in the previous weeks. As in last week, Retail Trade with 12,669, Food and Accommodation at 9,564, and Health and Social Assistance with 9,249 continued to show the largest number of initial claims filed this week. Since March 15, a total of 651,457 initial claims were filed. Food and Accommodation, Retail Trade, and Health and Social Assistance accounted for over 41% of all initial claims filed at 16.8%, 12.8% and 11.8%, respectively.

Currently, the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is paying unemployment benefits to nearly 400,000 people. Over the last month, the customer service staff at DUA has grown from around 50 employees to nearly 1000. The remote customer service operation is now making over 20,000 individual contacts per day and DUA continues to host daily unemployment town halls, held in both English and Spanish, which have been attended by nearly 200,000 constituents. This week, Massachusetts launched Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for groups like the self-employed, becoming one of the first states in the country to begin providing financial assistance to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment compensation. In just the first few days of the program launch, DUA has already received over 200,000 PUA applications (going forward, total PUA related claims data for the previous week will be released on Thursday mornings at mass.gov/lwd.) Due to DUA's previous efforts to migrate their systems to the cloud, the first unemployment agency in the country to do so, the unemployment online platforms have maintained functionality throughout the surge in demand.

April 12 - April 18

Industry

Week Ending 4/11

Week Ending 4/18

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

393

281

-112

-28.5%

Mining

25

13

-12

-48.0%

Utilities

85

82

-3

-3.5%

Construction

7,881

4,754

-3,127

-39.7%

Manufacturing

5,896

5,065

-831

-14.1%

Wholesale Trade

4,618

3,709

-909

-19.7%

Retail Trade

15,534

12,669

-2,865

-18.4%

Transportation & Warehouse

3,362

3,292

-70

-2.1%

Information

1,480

1,336

-144

-9.7%

Finance & Insurance

735

536

-199

-27.1%

Real Estate

1,370

1,040

-330

-24.1%

Professional and Technical Services

5,567

4,359

-1,208

-21.7%

Management of Companies

715

486

-229

-32.0%

Administrative & Waste Services

5,863

4,956

-907

-15.5%

Education

2,283

1,653

-630

-27.6%

Health & Social Assistance

12,597

9,249

-3,348

-26.6%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

2,206

1,777

-429

-19.4%

Food & Accommodation

12,634

                                  9,564

-3,070

-24.3%

Other Services

6,971

5,383

-1,588

-22.8%

Public Administration

1,425

1,244

-181

-12.7%

Information Not Available

11,188

8,705

-2,483

-22.2%

Weekly Initial Claims by Industry
Initial Claims by Industry, March 15th - April 18th (virus-surge)
Continued Weeks Claimed by Industry

 

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (04-23-20)

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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