This page, Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 01-14-21, is offered by
Press Release

Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 01-14-21

For immediate release:
1/14/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 01-14-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For week ending January 9, 2021, Massachusetts had 31,093 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 5,233 over the previous week. Due to seasonal trends and new establishment guidelines due to a surge in Covid-19 positive test results, increases in initial claim filings were widespread among all sectors.  The largest increases in initial claim filings were seen in the information not available sector (either lacking industry or employer information), up 2,047; professional and technical services, 644 more and health and social assistance, plus 572. Since March 15, a total of 1,806,347 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending January 9 at 164,827 were up by 6,982, or 4.4 percent more than the previous week, reflecting expected seasonal increases. 

There was a slight decrease in filings to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Initial claims filed for week ending January 9, at 4,670 were just 54 claims more than the previous week.  A total of 913,358 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed fell significantly to 257,491, the 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 10,130 is an increase of 4,305 over the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 375,109.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending January 9 had 28,372 initial claims filed. Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, initial claims filings continued to increase as claimants exhausts their PEUC claims and move on to the EB program.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 1/2

Week Ending 1/9

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

206

194

-12

-5.8%

Mining

41

26

-15

-36.6%

Utilities

22

51

29

131.8%

Construction

2,913

3,009

96

3.3%

Manufacturing

1,039

1,335

296

28.5%

Wholesale Trade

529

862

333

62.9%

Retail Trade

2,158

2,642

484

22.4%

Transportation &
Warehouse

2,480

1,159

-1,321

-53.3%

Information

241

364

123

51.0%

Finance & Insurance

378

676

298

78.8%

Real Estate

281

354

73

26.0%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,285

1,929

644

50.1%

Management of Companies

148

204

56

37.8%

Administrative &
Waste Services

2,228

2,292

64

2.9%

Education

632

975

343

54.3%

Health & Social Assistance

1,881

2,453

572

30.4%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

612

634

22

3.6%

Food & Accommodation

3,414

3,584

170

5.0%

Other Services

1,366

1,893

527

38.6%

Public Administration

548

952

404

73.7%

Information Not Available

3,458

5,505

2,047

59.2%

 

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 January 2nd rather than the week ending January 9th.

 

Demographic Breakdowns

 

Regular UI Demographic Series

Here we present the breakdown by gender, ethnicity, and race of continued claims for Regular UI between March 8th and January 2nd, 2021:

Regular UI Demographic Series
Regular UI Demographic Series
Regular UI Demographic Series
Regular UI Demographic Series
Regular UI Demographic Series
Regular UI Demographic Series

 

###

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 01-14-21

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.
Feedback