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News Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-28-20)

May 17 to May 23
5/28/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-28-20)

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

From May 17 to May 23, Massachusetts had 37,618 individuals file an initial claim for standard Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 463 over the previous week. Since March 15, a total of 897,205 initial claims have been filed for UI.  For the same week, there were 588,049 continued UI claims were filed, an increase of 5,009 or 0.9% over the previous week.

For the week of May 17 to May 23, 147,594 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims were filed, bringing the total of claimants who have filed for PUA to 518,796.

Since March, the customer service staff at the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has grown from around 50 employees to over 1,900. The remote customer service operation is now making over 35,000 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 260,000 constituents.

The below charts are relative to standard UI only.

Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 5/16

Week Ending 5/23

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

139

104

-35

-25.2%

Mining

2

6

4

200.0%

Utilities

40

35

-5

-12.5%

Construction

1,221

1262

41

3.4%

Manufacturing

2,107

2,359

252

12.0%

Wholesale Trade

1,247

1,303

56

4.5%

Retail Trade

4,457

3,840

-617

-13.8%

Transportation & Warehouse

1,269

1,504

235

18.5%

Information

729

692

-37

-5.1%

Finance & Insurance

619

743

124

20.0%

Real Estate

451

435

-16

-3.5%

Professional and Technical Services

2,260

2459

199

8.8%

Management of Companies

254

308

54

21.3%

Administrative & Waste Services

2,608

2316

-292

-11.2%

Education

1,704

2044

340

20.0%

Health & Social Assistance

5,621

4733

-888

-15.8%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

813

839

26

3.2%

Food & Accommodation

3,893

3585

-308

-7.9%

Other Services

2,056

1895

-161

-7.8%

Public Administration

1,509

1357

-152

-10.1%

Information Not Available

5,082

5,799

717

14.1%

Initial Claims by Industry

Initial claims by industry

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 of CWC in most recent week dataset

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 16th rather than the week ending May 23rd.

Claimants by Gender

Claimants by gender

Claimants by Ethnicity

Claimants by ethnicity

 

Claimants by ethnicity set

Claimants by Race

Claimants by race

 

Claimants by race set

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Initial Unemployment Claimant Data (05-28-20)

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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