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News Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-14-20)

May 3 to May 9
5/14/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-14-20)

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

From May 3 to May 9, Massachusetts had 44,274 individuals file an initial claim for standard Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 10,949 over the previous week, and the sixth consecutive week of fewer initial claims filing over the previous week.

Since March 15, a total of 821,506 initial claims have been filed for UI. For the week of May 3 to May 9, there were a total of 576,172 continued UI claims, an increase of 3.6% over the previous week.

Since April 20, over 255,000 claimants have filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Between both the UI and PUA programs more than 1 million unemployment claims have been filed in the Commonwealth.

Over the last month, the customer service staff at the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has grown from around 50 employees to over 1800. The remote customer service operation is now making over 32,000 individual contacts per day and DUA continues to host daily unemployment town halls – which have been held in English, Spanish, and Portuguese - and have been attended by over 240,000 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 5/2

Week Ending 5/9

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

166

166

0

0.0%

Mining

10

11

1

10.0%

Utilities

35

44

9

25.7%

Construction

2,119

1557

-562

-26.5%

Manufacturing

3,435

2,364

-1,071

-31.2%

Wholesale Trade

1,889

1,671

-218

-11.5%

Retail Trade

7,060

5,314

-1,746

-24.7%

Transportation & Warehouse

2,356

1,789

-567

-24.1%

Information

967

1157

190

19.6%

Finance & Insurance

557

525

-32

-5.7%

Real Estate

689

542

-147

-21.3%

Professional and Technical Services

3,065

2609

-456

-14.9%

Management of Companies

346

267

-79

-22.8%

Administrative & Waste Services

4,129

3355

-774

-18.7%

Education

1,670

1590

-80

-4.8%

Health & Social Assistance

7,943

6461

-1,482

-18.7%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

1,299

1007

-292

-22.5%

Food & Accommodation

6,051

4714

-1,337

-22.1%

Other Services

3,429

2656

-773

-22.5%

Public Administration

1,466

1417

-49

-3.3%

Information Not Available

6,542

5,058

-1,484

-22.7%

Initial Claims by industry 

Initial claims by industry (5/14)

Continued Weeks Claimed by Industry

Continued weeks claimed by industry (5/14)

Industry Share of CWC in Most Recent Week

Industry share of CWC in most recent week

 

Although in recent weeks we have presented ethnicity, gender, and race statistics for all claimants who had filed initial claims since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, beginning here we will provide these statistics as percentages of those claimants who claimed an additional week in the week prior to the above information. This is to say that because of the timing of data availability, the statistics below reflect the week ending May 2nd and not the week ending May 9th.

Claimants by Gender

Claimants by Gender

Claimants by Ethnicity

 

Claimants by Race

 

Claimants by Race

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-14-20)

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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