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News Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-07-20)

April 26 to May 2
5/07/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-07-20)

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

Massachusetts had 55,223 individuals file an initial claim for standard Unemployment Insurance (UI) from April 26 to May 2, the fifth consecutive week of fewer initial claims filing over the previous week. Since March 15, a total of 777,232 initial claims have been filed for UI. For the week of April 26 to May 2, there were a total of 556,272 continued UI claims, an increase of 5.4% over the previous week.

Since April 20th, around 185,000 claimants have filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Over the last month, the customer service staff at the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has grown from around 50 employees to over 1300. The remote customer service operation is now making over 25,000 individual contacts per day and DUA continues to host daily unemployment town halls – which are being held in English, Spanish, and Portuguese - and have been attended by over 230,000 constituents. Massachusetts was one of the first states to successfully launch the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. 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 for both regular UI and PUA has maintained functionality throughout the surge in demand.

The below tables and graphs are relative to standard UI only.

Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 4/25

Week Ending 5/2

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

208

166

-42

-20.2%

Mining

12

10

-2

-16.7%

Utilities

50

35

-15

-30.0%

Construction

3,155

2,119

-1,036

-32.8%

Manufacturing

3,798

3,435

-363

-9.6%

Wholesale Trade

2,452

1,889

-563

-23.0%

Retail Trade

10,085

7,060

-3,025

-30.0%

Transportation & Warehouse

3,289

2,356

-933

-28.4%

Information

1,200

967

-233

-19.4%

Finance & Insurance

592

557

-35

-5.9%

Real Estate

977

689

-288

-29.5%

Professional and Technical Services

3,775

3,065

-710

-18.8%

Management of Companies

421

346

-75

-17.8%

Administrative & Waste Services

4,788

4,129

-659

-13.8%

Education

2,140

1,670

-470

-22.0%

Health & Social Assistance

9,271

7,943

-1,328

-14.3%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

1,889

1,299

-590

-31.2%

Food & Accommodation

7,515

6,051

-1,464

-19.5%

Other Services

4,833

3,429

-1,404

-29.1%

Public Administration

1,604

1,466

-138

-8.6%

Information Not Available

8,498

6,542

-1,956

-23.0%

Weekly Initial Claims by Industry (5-7-20)
Initial Claims by Industry, March 15 - April 25th (virus surge)
Continued Weeks Claimed by Industry (5-7-20)

The tables below show the breakdown of regular unemployment insurance initial claims from March 15th – April 25th along gender, ethnicity, and race. 

Gender
  Number Percentage
Female 382,017 52.95%
Male 339,430 47.05%
Ethnicity
  Number Percentage
Hispanic or Latino 103,261 15.12%
Not Hispanic or Latino 579,634 84.88%
Race
  Number Percentage
American Indian or Alaska Native 3,669 0.59%
Asian 49,119 7.88%
Black or African American 62,276 9.99%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2,066 0.33%
White 506,409 81.22%

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-07-20)

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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