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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-20-21

For immediate release:
5/20/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-20-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending May 15, Massachusetts had an estimated 9,152 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 1,278 from the previous week.  Decreases were widespread among all sectors with the largest decreases in initial claim filings seen in Retail Trade, down 217; Construction, down 178; Manufacturing, down 155; Transportation and Warehouse, down 146; and Health Care and Social Assistance down by 143 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 from May 9 to May 15 decreased by another 3,129 to 79,943, its lowest level since mid-March 2020.

For week ending May 15, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at 1,255 initial claims filed were 168 less than the previous week.  A total of 971,115 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed from May 9 to May 15 decreased by 3,324 to 241,409.

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 6,791 for week ending May 15 were 866 less than the previous week.  PEUC continued weeks claimed decreased by 435 to 226,989.

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 15 had 342 initial claims filed and 2,899 continued weeks claimed.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 5/8

Week Ending 5/15

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

41

39

-2

-4.9%

Mining

6

3

-3

-50.0%

Utilities

26

22

-4

-15.4%

Construction

870

692

-178

-20.5%

Manufacturing

560

405

-155

-27.7%

Wholesale Trade

263

230

-33

-12.5%

Retail Trade

1,124

907

-217

-19.3%

Transportation and
Warehouse

438

292

-146

-33.3%

Information

117

140

23

19.7%

Finance and Insurance

244

217

-27

-11.1%

Real Estate

129

101

-28

-21.7%

Professional and
Technical Services

725

637

-88

-12.1%

Management of Companies

58

61

3

5.2%

Administrative and
Waste Services

878

767

-111

-12.6%

Education

291

322

31

10.7%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

1,141

998

-143

-12.5%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

102

94

-8

-7.8%

Food and Accommodation

1,078

1,118

40

3.7%

Other Services

629

547

-82

-13.0%

Public Administration

207

182

-25

-12.1%

Information Not Available

1,512

1,378

-134

-8.9%

 

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 May 1st rather than the week ending May 15th. 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 May 8th, 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 May 8th, 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 May 8th, 2021:

PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-20-21

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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