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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 03-18-21

For immediate release:
3/18/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 03-18-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From March 7 to March 13, Massachusetts had 18,734 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 2,783 from the previous week.  Increases in initial claims filings were widespread among all sectors with largest increases seen in Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information), up 2,177; Food and Accommodation, up 746; and Health Care and Social Assistance, up 210 claims.  Notable decreases in filings were seen in Professional and Technical Services, down 96; and Manufacturing, down 81 claims.  Since March 15, a total of 1,973,440 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending March 13, at 132,277 decreased by 9,268 over the previous week.

For week ending March 13, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 3,114 initial claims filed, a decrease of 458 over the previous week.  A total of 951,502 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending March 13 increased to 287,934.

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 4,826 for the week ending March 13 were 141 less than the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 426,519.  PEUC continued weeks claimed were down to 72,532.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending March 13 had 1,032 initial claims filed and 41,938 continued weeks claimed.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 3/6

Week Ending 3/13

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

68

62

-6

-8.8%

Mining

10

2

-8

-80.0%

Utilities

30

25

-5

-16.7%

Construction

1,053

1,053

0

0.0%

Manufacturing

817

736

-81

-9.9%

Wholesale Trade

436

392

-44

-10.1%

Retail Trade

1,401

1,410

9

0.6%

Transportation
and Warehouse

440

475

35

8.0%

Information

239

191

-48

-20.1%

Finance and Insurance

408

348

-60

-14.7%

Real Estate

202

166

-36

-17.8%

Professional and
Technical Services

969

873

-96

-9.9%

Management of Companies

92

100

8

8.7%

Administrative and
Waste Services

839

878

39

4.6%

Education

388

354

-34

-8.8%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

1,380

1,590

210

15.2%

Arts, Entertainment
and Recreation

134

201

67

50.0%

Food and Accommodation

886

1,632

746

84.2%

Other Services

917

867

-50

-5.5%

Public Administration

455

415

-40

-8.8%

Information Not Available

4,787

6,964

2,177

45.5%

 

 

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 March 6th rather than the week ending March 13th.

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, 2020 and March 6th, 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, 2020 and March 6th, 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 03-18-21

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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