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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-29-21

For immediate release:
4/29/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-29-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From April 18 to April 24, Massachusetts had an estimated 14,427 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 1,510 from the previous week as schools closed for their spring vacation week.  As a result, the largest increase in initial claim filings were seen in Transportation and Warehouse, up by 2,545.  However, there were widespread decreases in initial claims filings most notable in Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information), down 270; Construction, down 243; Retail Trade, down 139; and Professional and Technical Services down by 92 claims. (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 24, at 90,093 decreased by 6,244 over the previous week, the eighth consecutive week of decline.

For week ending April 24, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at 1,583 initial claims filed were down 525, marking the third week in a row of decreases.  A total of 967,033 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending April 24 decreased to 249,026.

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 9,006 from April 18 to April 24 were 841 less than the previous week.  PEUC continued weeks claimed increased by 1,601 to 223,986.

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 24 had 434 initial claims filed and 3,933 continued weeks claimed.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 4/17

Week Ending 4/24

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

67

59

-8

-11.9%

Mining

8

2

-6

-75.0%

Utilities

25

14

-11

-44.0%

Construction

1,068

825

-243

-22.8%

Manufacturing

653

592

-61

-9.3%

Wholesale Trade

405

317

-88

-21.7%

Retail Trade

1,401

1,262

-139

-9.9%

Transportation and
Warehouse

593

3,138

2,545

429.2%

Information

171

160

-11

-6.4%

Finance and Insurance

266

198

-68

-25.6%

Real Estate

161

148

-13

-8.1%

Professional and
Technical Services

800

708

-92

-11.5%

Management of Companies

73

55

-18

-24.7%

Administrative and
Waste Services

895

879

-16

-1.8%

Education

288

252

-36

-12.5%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

1,276

1,337

61

4.8%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

184

174

-10

-5.4%

Food and Accommodation

1,259

1,238

-21

-1.7%

Other Services

916

877

-39

-4.3%

Public Administration

301

355

54

17.9%

Information Not Available

2,107

1,837

-270

-12.8%

 

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 - 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 17th rather than the week ending April 24th. 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 17th, 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 17th, 2021:

UI Extensions Demographic Series
UI Extensions Demographic Series
UI Extensions Demographic Series

 

PUA Demographic Series

Here we present the breakdown by gender, ethnicity, and race of continued claims for the PUA program, which covers the self-employed and others not eligible for traditional unemployment insurance, between April 19th, 2020 and April 17th, 2021:

PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 04-29-21

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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