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News Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-21-20)

May 10 to May 16
5/21/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-21-20)

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

Massachusetts had 38,081 individuals file an initial claim for standard Unemployment Insurance (UI) from May 10 to May 16, a decrease of 6,193 over the previous week. Since March 15, a total of 859,587 initial claims have been filed for UI. For the same week, a total of 583,040 continued UI claims were filed, an increase of 1.2% over the previous week.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims for the week ending May,16 were 115,952. Since April 20, 2020, a total of 371,202 claimants have filed for PUA.
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This week’s federal Unemployment Insurance release contains inaccurate figures for Massachusetts’ PUA program, reflecting a state data entry error. 

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 charts are relative to standard UI only.

Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 5/9

Week Ending 5/16

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

166

139

-27

-16.3%

Mining

11

2

-9

-81.8%

Utilities

44

40

-4

-9.1%

Construction

1,557

1,221

-336

-21.6%

Manufacturing

2,364

2,107

-257

-10.9%

Wholesale Trade

1,671

1,247

-424

-25.4%

Retail Trade

5,314

4,457

-857

-16.1%

Transportation & Warehouse

1,789

1,269

-520

-29.1%

Information

1,157

729

-428

-37.0%

Finance & Insurance

525

619

94

17.9%

Real Estate

542

451

-91

-16.8%

Professional and Technical Services

2,609

2,260

-349

-13.4%

Management of Companies

267

254

-13

-4.9%

Administrative & Waste Services

3,355

2,608

-747

-22.3%

Education

1,590

1,704

114

7.2%

Health & Social Assistance

6,461

5,621

-840

-13.0%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

1,007

813

-194

-19.3%

Food & Accommodation

4,714

3,893

-821

-17.4%

Other Services

2,656

2,056

-600

-22.6%

Public Administration

1,417

1,509

92

6.5%

Information Not Available

5,058

5,082

24

0.5%

 

Initial Claims by Industry

Initial claims filed (5-21)

Continued Weeks Claimed by Industry

Continued weeks claimed by industry

Industry Share of CWC in Most Recent Week

Industry share of CWC in most recent week
Industry share data

Below we present demographic statistics on ethnicity, gender, and race for all those claimants who filed for a continued week in the period prior to the above information.  This is to say that because of the timing of data availability, the below statistics reflect continued weeks claimed in the week ending May 9th rather than the week ending May 16th.

Claimant by Gender

Claimants by gender

Claimants by Ethnicity

Claimants by ethnicity

 Claimants by Race

Claimants by race
Claimants by race data

 

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-21-20)

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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