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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 01-07-21

For immediate release:
1/07/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 01-07-21

Charles Pearce, Director of Communications - Exec. Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From December 27, 2020, to January 2, 2021, Massachusetts had 25,860 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 3,000 over the previous week. Due to seasonal factors, including employment changes after the Christmas shopping season and continued effect of schools’ holiday break, the largest increases in initial claim filings were seen in transportation and warehouse, up 790, retail trade, up 587, and food and accommodation, up 453. Since March 15, a total of 1,775,254 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending December 26 at 157,845 were up by 5,263, or 3.4 percent more than the previous week, reflecting an expected seasonal increase. 

There was a slight increase in filings to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Initial claims filed for week ending January 2, at 4,724 were 184 claims less than the previous week.  A total of 908,688 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed fell significantly to 332,819, which is their lowest level since the first week of the program.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits, was implemented on May 21.  PEUC initial claims filed at 5,825 is a decrease of 1,930 over the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 364,979.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending January 2 had an estimated 16,900 claims filed, a decrease of about 2,295 claims over the previous week. Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of about 84,800 individuals filed an EB initial claim. A finalized count of this week’s EB claims will be presented next week.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 12/26

Week Ending 01/02

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

253

206

-47

-18.6%

Mining

52

41

-11

-21.2%

Utilities

27

22

-5

-18.5%

Construction

3,240

2,913

-327

-10.1%

Manufacturing

1,023

1,039

16

1.6%

Wholesale Trade

469

529

60

12.8%

Retail Trade

1,571

2,158

587

37.4%

Transportation &
Warehouse

1,690

2,480

790

46.7%

Information

216

241

25

11.6%

Finance & Insurance

293

378

85

29.0%

Real Estate

220

281

61

27.7%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,093

1,285

192

17.6%

Management of Companies

117

148

31

26.5%

Administrative &
Waste Services

2,192

2,228

36

1.6%

Education

540

632

92

17.0%

Health & Social Assistance

1,585

1,881

296

18.7%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

630

612

-18

-2.9%

Food & Accommodation

2,961

3,414

453

15.3%

Other Services

1,105

1,366

261

23.6%

Public Administration

464

548

84

18.1%

Information Not Available

3,119

3,458

339

10.9%

 

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 - table

 

Demographic Breakdowns

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 December 26th rather than the week ending January 2nd.

Continued claims by gender:

Continued claims by gender

 

Continued claims by ethnicity:

Continued claims by ethnicity:

 

Continued claims by race:

Continued claims by race:

 

Regular UI Demographic Series

Here we present the breakdown by gender, ethnicity, and race of continued claims for Regular UI between March 8th and December 26th:

Regular UI Demographic Series
Ethnicity for Regular UI Continued Claimants
Race for Regular UI Continued Claimants

 

UI Extensions Demographic Series

Here we present the breakdown by gender, ethnicity, and race of continued claims for the PEUC and EB programs, which cover the long term unemployed, between May 31st and December 26th 2020:

Gender for Long Term Unemployed Claimants
Ethnicity for Long Term Unemployed Claimants
Race for Long Term Unemployed Claimants

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 01-07-21

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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