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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 03-04-21

For immediate release:
3/04/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 03-04-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending February 27, Massachusetts had 14,029 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 1,573 from the previous week.  Decreases in initial claims filings were widespread among all sectors.  The largest decreases in filings were seen in Transportation and Warehousing, down 1,545, as schools resume after vacation; Construction, down 255; and Food and Accommodation, down 245 claims.  Notable increases in filings were seen in Health Care and Social Assistance, up 149; Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information), up 100; and Wholesale Trade, up 75 claims.  Since March 15, a total of 1,938.755 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  After six consecutive weeks of declines, continued weeks claimed for the week ending February 27, at 150,981 increased by 2,798 over the previous week.

For the week ending February 27, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 4,849 initial claims filed, an increase of 2,130 over the previous week.  A total of 944,816 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed from February 21 to February 27 increased to 456,752.

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 4,987 for the week ending February 27 were 85 more than the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 416,726.  PEUC continued weeks claimed was down to 83,638, a decrease of 3,193 over the previous week.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending February 27 had 10,487 initial claims filed, as PEUC claims continue to exhaust.  EB continued weeks claimed from February 21 to February 27 at 60,546 were 1,588 less than the previous week.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 2/20

Week Ending 2/27

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

60

100

40

66.7%

Mining

8

6

-2

-25.0%

Utilities

25

27

2

8.0%

Construction

1,473

1,218

-255

-17.3%

Manufacturing

696

706

10

1.4%

Wholesale Trade

353

428

75

21.2%

Retail Trade

1,248

1,267

19

1.5%

Transportation and
Warehouse

2,530

985

-1,545

-61.1%

Information

183

196

13

7.1%

Finance and Insurance

374

416

42

11.2%

Real Estate

141

176

35

24.8%

Professional and
Technical Services

893

886

-7

-0.8%

Management of Companies

87

73

-14

-16.1%

Administrative and
Waste Services

880

811

-69

-7.8%

Education

324

356

32

9.9%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

1,175

1,324

149

12.7%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

145

126

-19

-13.1%

Food and Accommodation

1,197

952

-245

-20.5%

Other Services

758

820

62

8.2%

Public Administration

411

415

4

1.0%

Information Not Available

2,641

2,741

100

3.8%

 

 

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 February 20th rather than the week ending February 27th.

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 February 20th, 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 February 20th, 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 03-04-21

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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