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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-15-21

For immediate release:
4/15/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-15-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From April 4 to April 10, Massachusetts had an estimated 14,460 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 5,777 from the previous week as the state eases up on reopening guidelines.  Decreases were seen in almost all sectors.  The largest decreases in initial claim filings by sector were seen in Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information), down 926; Food and Accommodation, down 827; Health Care and Social Assistance, down 544; Retail Trade, down 514; and Professional and Technical Services, down by 441.    (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 10, at 104,327, decreased by 6,074 over the previous week, the sixth consecutive week of decline.

For week ending April 10, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 2,122 initial claims filed, a decrease of 1,148 over the previous week.  A total of 963,342 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending April 10 decreased to 261,195.

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 12,832 for the week ending April 10 were 1,828 less than the previous week.  PEUC continued weeks claimed decreased by 591 to 218,546.

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 10 had 558 initial claims filed and 7,136 continued weeks claimed.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 4/03

Week Ending 4/10

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

73

67

-6

-8.2%

Mining

3

5

2

66.7%

Utilities

34

18

-16

-47.1%

Construction

1,671

1,258

-413

-24.7%

Manufacturing

959

826

-133

-13.9%

Wholesale Trade

636

416

-220

-34.6%

Retail Trade

2,028

1,514

-514

-25.3%

Transportation and
Warehouse

665

576

-89

-13.4%

Information

314

217

-97

-30.9%

Finance and Insurance

488

306

-182

-37.3%

Real Estate

276

173

-103

-37.3%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,388

947

-441

-31.8%

Management of Companies

117

85

-32

-27.4%

Administrative and
Waste Services

1,254

987

-267

-21.3%

Education

515

372

-143

-27.8%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

2,071

1,527

-544

-26.3%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

349

250

-99

-28.4%

Food and Accommodation

2,334

1,507

-827

-35.4%

Other Services

1,594

1,167

-427

-26.8%

Public Administration

601

301

-300

-49.9%

Information Not Available

2,867

1,941

-926

-32.3%

 

 

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 April 3rd rather than the week ending April 10th. All demographic information is presented as a percentage of claimants who responded, excluding claimants for whom the information was not available.

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 April 3rd, 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 April 3rd, 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 04-15-21

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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