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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 03-25-21

For immediate release:
3/25/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 03-25-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From March 14 to March 20, Massachusetts had 30,237 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 11,503 from the previous week.  Included in initial claims filings were 15,988 interstate claims, up 9,871 from the previous week.  The largest increase in initial claims filings by sector were seen in Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information) up by 10,164.  Other notable increases were in Food and Accommodation, up 951 and Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, up 113 claims.  Larger decreases in filings were seen in Health Care and Social Assistance, down 120 and Manufacturing, down 96 claims.  Since March 15, 2020 a total of 2,003,677 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending March 20, at 125,698 decreased by 6,579 over the previous week, the third consecutive week of decline.

For week ending March 20, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 3.358 initial claims filed, an increase of 244 over the previous week.  A total of 954,860 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending March 20 decreased to 285,437.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits, was implemented on May 21, 2020.  After correcting a system data issue, there were 22,351 PEUC initial claims filed for the week ending March 20, and 203,887 continued weeks claimed.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which first triggered on May 3, 2020 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending March 20 had 1,580 initial claims filed and 33,918 continued weeks claimed.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 3/13

Week Ending 3/20

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing & Hunting

62

84

22

35.5%

Mining

2

5

3

150.0%

Utilities

25

34

9

36.0%

Construction

1,053

1,133

80

7.6%

Manufacturing

736

640

-96

-13.0%

Wholesale Trade

392

412

20

5.1%

Retail Trade

1,410

1,417

7

0.5%

Transportation
and Warehouse

475

557

82

17.3%

Information

191

209

18

9.4%

Finance & Insurance

348

339

-9

-2.6%

Real Estate

166

186

20

12.0%

Professional &
Technical Services

873

850

-23

-2.6%

Management of Companies

100

111

11

11.0%

Administrative &
Waste Services

878

982

104

11.8%

Education

354

431

77

21.8%

Health Care &
Social Assistance

1,590

1,470

-120

-7.5%

Arts, Entertainment
& Recreation

201

314

113

56.2%

Food and Accommodation

1,632

2,583

951

58.3%

Other Services

867

968

101

11.6%

Public Administration

415

384

-31

-7.5%

Information Not Available

6,964

17,128

10,164

146.0%

 

 

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 13th rather than the week ending March 6th.

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 13th, 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 13th, 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 03-25-21

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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