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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-01-21

For immediate release:
4/01/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-01-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending March 27, Massachusetts had 18,148 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 2,660 from the previous week.  Increases were seen in almost all sectors.  The largest increases in initial claims filings by sector were seen in Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information), up 637; Construction, up 357; Other Services, up 306; Retail Trade, up 248 and Health Care and Social Assistance, up by 246.  Utilities, and Finance and Insurance were the only two sectors that posted small decreases in initial claim filings.  Since March 15, 2020 over 2 million initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending March 27, at 117,087, decreased by 8,611 over the previous week, the fourth consecutive week of decline

For week ending March 27, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 3,090 initial claims filed, a decrease of 268 over the previous week.  A total of 957,950 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending March 27 increased to 383,491.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits, was implemented on May 21, 2020.  PEUC initial claims filed at 26,551 for the week ending March 27 were 4,200 more than the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 475,421.  PEUC continued weeks claimed were at 198,327.

For weeks ending February 6th through March 13th, a system error led to incomplete data being reported for the PEUC program. This did not impact any claimant’s ability to claim or receive benefits through the program. The corrected values for initial claims and continued weeks claimed in those weeks were:

Week ending     Initial Claims      Continued Weeks Claimed

2/6/2021              100,906                98,810

2/13/2021            18,884                 182,048

2/20/2021            14,277                 184,251

2/27/2021            22,524                 188,216

3/6/2021              20,161                  201,364

3/13/2021            17,092                 207,829

 

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 27 had 5,675 initial claims filed and 28,296 continued weeks claimed.

 (Please note that initial claims activities numbers for the current and prior week are estimated values and included here as reported to the Employment and Training Administration.)

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 3/20

Week Ending 3/27

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

84

85

1

1.2%

Mining

5

9

4

80.0%

Utilities

34

24

-10

-29.4%

Construction

1,133

1,490

357

31.5%

Manufacturing

640

748

108

16.9%

Wholesale Trade

412

472

60

14.6%

Retail Trade

1,417

1,665

248

17.5%

Transportation and
Warehouse

557

613

56

10.1%

Information

209

272

63

30.1%

Finance and Insurance

339

331

-8

-2.4%

Real Estate

186

222

36

19.4%

Professional and
Technical Services

850

1,043

193

22.7%

Management of
Companies

111

123

12

10.8%

Administrative and
Waste Services

982

1,123

141

14.4%

Education

431

471

40

9.3%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

1,470

1,716

246

16.7%

Arts, Entertainment
and Recreation

314

330

16

5.1%

Food and Accommodation

2,583

2,592

9

0.3%

Other Services

968

1,274

306

31.6%

Public Administration

384

529

145

37.8%

Information Not Available

2,379

3,016

637

26.8%

 

 

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

 

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 20th rather than the week ending March 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, 2020 and March 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, 2020 and March 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 04-01-21

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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