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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-08-21

For immediate release:
4/08/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-08-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending April 3, Massachusetts had an estimated 20,237 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 2,089 from the previous week.  Increases were seen in almost all sectors.  The largest increases in initial claim filings by sector were seen in Retail Trade, up 363; Health Care and Social Assistance, up 355; Professional and Technical Services, up 345; and Other Services, up by 320.  Notable decreases in initial claims filings were seen in Food and Accommodation, down 258; and Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information), down by 149.  (Please note that due to a system processing error, initial claims filings for regular UI for the current and prior week are estimated values and included here as reported to the Employment and Training Administration.  The corrected values will be provided when they become available.)  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending April 3, at 110,401, decreased by 6,686 over the previous week, the fifth consecutive week of decline.

For week ending April 3, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 3,270 initial claims filed, an increase of 180 over the previous week.  A total of 961,220 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending April 3 decreased to 274,209.

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 14,660 for the week ending April 3 were 11,891 less than the previous week.  PEUC continued weeks claimed increased to 219,137.

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 April 3 had 1,126 initial claims filed and 9,168 continued weeks claimed.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 3/27

Week Ending 4/03

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

85

73

-12

-14.1%

Mining

9

3

-6

-66.7%

Utilities

24

34

10

41.7%

Construction

1,490

1,671

181

12.1%

Manufacturing

748

959

211

28.2%

Wholesale Trade

472

636

164

34.7%

Retail Trade

1,665

2,028

363

21.8%

Transportation and
Warehouse

613

665

52

8.5%

Information

272

314

42

15.4%

Finance and Insurance

331

488

157

47.4%

Real Estate

222

276

54

24.3%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,043

1,388

345

33.1%

Management of Companies

123

117

-6

-4.9%

Administrative and
Waste Services

1,123

1,254

131

11.7%

Education

471

515

44

9.3%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

1,716

2,071

355

20.7%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

330

349

19

5.8%

Food and Accommodation

2,592

2,334

-258

-10.0%

Other Services

1,274

1,594

320

25.1%

Public Administration

529

601

72

13.6%

Information Not Available

3,016

2,867

-149

-4.9%

 

 

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 March 27th rather than the week ending April 3rd.

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 27th, 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 27th, 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 04-08-21

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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