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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-06-21

For immediate release:
5/06/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-06-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From April 25 to May 1, Massachusetts had an estimated 11,454 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 2,973 from the previous week primarily due to schools resuming classes after spring vacation week.  As a result, the largest decrease in initial claim filings were seen in Transportation and Warehouse, down by 2,046.  Other sectors showing larger declines in filings were Health Care and Social Assistance, down 151; Other Services, down 123; and Food and Accommodation down by 115 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.)  After eight consecutive weeks of decline, continued weeks claimed for the week ending May 1, at 90,524 increased by 431.

For week ending May 1, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at 1,404 initial claims filed were down 179, marking the fourth week in a row of decreases.  A total of 968,437 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed from April 25 to May 1 increased by 545 to 249,571.

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 8,261 from April 25 to May 1 were 745 less than the previous week.  PEUC continued weeks claimed increased by 3,676 to 227,662.

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 May 1 had 795 initial claims filed and 3,392 continued weeks claimed.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 4/24

Week Ending 5/1

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

59

71

12

20.3%

Mining

2

2

0

0.0%

Utilities

14

7

-7

-50.0%

Construction

825

816

-9

-1.1%

Manufacturing

592

540

-52

-8.8%

Wholesale Trade

317

272

-45

-14.2%

Retail Trade

1,262

1,184

-78

-6.2%

Transportation and
Warehouse

3,138

1,092

-2,046

-65.2%

Information

160

124

-36

-22.5%

Finance and Insurance

198

203

5

2.5%

Real Estate

148

123

-25

-16.9%

Professional and
Technical Services

708

656

-52

-7.3%

Management of Companies

55

46

-9

-16.4%

Administrative and
Waste Services

879

920

41

4.7%

Education

252

281

29

11.5%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

1,337

1,186

-151

-11.3%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

174

139

-35

-20.1%

Food and Accommodation

1,238

1,123

-115

-9.3%

Other Services

877

754

-123

-14.0%

Public Administration

355

293

-62

-17.5%

Information Not Available

1,837

1,622

-215

-11.7%

 

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 24th rather than the week ending May 1st. 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 2021:

PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-06-21

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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