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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 02-04-21

For immediate release:
2/04/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 02-04-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From January 24 to January 30, Massachusetts had 19,702 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 1,081 over the previous week.  Decreases in initial claim filings were widespread among all the sectors.  The largest decreases in filings were seen in Food and Accommodation, down 246; Retail Trade, 212 less; Health Care and Social Assistance, 133 fewer; and Transportation and Warehouse which decreased by 124.  Since March 15, a total of 1,875,317 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending January 30 at 162,319 were 2,207 less than the previous week.  Initial claims filed and continued weeks claimed showed decreases for the third consecutive week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program for the week ending January 30, had 4,433 initial claims filed, a decrease of 1,058 over the previous week.  A total of 929,633 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  For the second consecutive week, PUA continued weeks claimed decreased and at 314,419 were 41,589 less. 

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 5,640 was 600 less than the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 394,185.  PEUC continued weeks claimed at 103,695 for the week ending January 30 is at its lowest level since late September 2020.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending January 30 had 10370 initial claims filed, down 1,661 from the previous week.  As PEUC claims continue to exhaust, EB continued weeks claimed from January 24 to January 30 increased to 117,745, up 9,256 from the previous week.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 1/23

Week Ending 1/30

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

116

112

-4

-3.4%

Mining

25

16

-9

-36.0%

Utilities

35

37

2

5.7%

Construction

1,992

2,023

31

1.6%

Manufacturing

981

1,019

38

3.9%

Wholesale Trade

579

527

-52

-9.0%

Retail Trade

2,091

1,879

-212

-10.1%

Transportation &
Warehouse

791

667

-124

-15.7%

Information

292

229

-63

-21.6%

Finance & Insurance

445

475

30

6.7%

Real Estate

236

225

-11

-4.7%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,345

1,237

-108

-8.0%

Management of Companies

145

114

-31

-21.4%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,447

1,371

-76

-5.3%

Education

573

578

5

0.9%

Health Care &
Social Assistance

1,902

1,769

-133

-7.0%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

309

269

-40

-12.9%

Food & Accommodation

2,026

1,780

-246

-12.1%

Other Services

1,343

1,260

-83

-6.2%

Public Administration

572

644

72

12.6%

Information Not Available

3,538

3,471

-67

-1.9%

 

 

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 January 23rd rather than the week ending January 30th.

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 23rd, 2021:

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

 

 

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 January 23rd, 2021:

UI Extensions Demographic Series
UI Extensions Demographic Series
UI Extensions Demographic Series

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 02-04-21

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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