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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-22-21

For immediate release:
4/22/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-22-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From April 11 to April 17, Massachusetts had an estimated 12,917 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 1,543 from the previous week as the economy continues to rebound and public health restrictions loosen.  Decreases were seen in almost all sectors, with the largest decreases in initial claim filings seen in Health & Social, down 251; Other Services, also down 251; and Food & Accommodation, down 248. There was an increase of 166 for initial claims without information on industries.  (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 96,337, decreased by 7,990 over the previous week, the seventh consecutive week of decline.

For week ending April 17, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 2,108 initial claims filed, a marginal decrease of 14 over the previous week.  A total of 965,450 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending April 10 decreased by 1,771 to 259,424.

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 9,847 for the week ending April 17 were 2,985 less than the previous week.  PEUC continued weeks claimed increased by 3,839 to 222,385.

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 17 had 485 initial claims filed and 4,931 continued weeks claimed.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 4/10

Week Ending 4/17

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

67

67

0

0.0%

Mining

5

8

2

60.0%

Utilities

18

25

7

38.9%

Construction

1,258

1,068

-190

-15.1%

Manufacturing

826

653

-173

-20.9%

Wholesale Trade

416

405

-11

-2.6%

Retail Trade

1,514

1,401

-113

-7.5%

Transportation and
Warehouse

576

593

17

3.0%

Information

217

171

-46

-21.2%

Finance and Insurance

306

266

-40

-13.1%

Real Estate

173

161

-12

-6.9%

Professional and
Technical Services

947

800

-147

-15.5%

Management of Companies

85

73

-12

-14.1%

Administrative and
Waste Services

987

895

-92

-9.3%

Education

372

288

-84

-22.6%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

1,527

1,276

-251

-16.4%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

250

184

-66

-26.4%

Food and Accommodation

1,507

1,259

-248

-16.5%

Other Services

1,167

916

-251

-21.5%

Public Administration

301

301

0

0.0%

Information Not Available

1,941

2,107

166

8.6%

 

 

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

 

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 10th rather than the week ending April 17th. 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 04-22-21

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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