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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-27-21

For immediate release:
5/27/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-27-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From May 16 to May 22, Massachusetts had an estimated 8,357 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 795 from the previous week.  Decreases were widespread among all sectors with the largest decreases in initial claim filings seen in Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information), down 309; Health Care and Social Assistance, down 116; and Professional and Technical Services, down by 99 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 week ending May 22 decreased by another 2,384 to 77,559, its lowest level since mid-March 2020.

From May 16 to May 22, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at 1,064 initial claims filed were 191 less than the previous week.  A total of 972,179 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending May 22 decreased by 3,634 to 237,775, the third consecutive week of decline.

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 6,434 for week ending May 22 were 357 less than the previous week.  PEUC continued weeks claimed held steady at 226,991.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which first triggered on May 3, 2020 due to the high volume of claims, from May 16 to May 22 had 294 initial claims filed and 2,611 continued weeks claimed.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 5/15

Week Ending 5/22

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

39

44

5

12.8%

Mining

3

3

0

0.0%

Utilities

22

18

-4

-18.2%

Construction

692

680

-12

-1.7%

Manufacturing

405

367

-38

-9.4%

Wholesale Trade

230

187

-43

-18.7%

Retail Trade

907

925

18

2.0%

Transportation and
Warehouse

292

297

5

1.7%

Information

140

131

-9

-6.4%

Finance and Insurance

217

162

-55

-25.3%

Real Estate

101

88

-13

-12.9%

Professional and
Technical Services

637

538

-99

-15.5%

Management of Companies

61

52

-9

-14.8%

Administrative and
Waste Services

767

711

-56

-7.3%

Education

322

299

-23

-7.1%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

998

882

-116

-11.6%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

94

82

-12

-12.8%

Food and Accommodation

1,118

1,134

16

1.4%

Other Services

547

529

-18

-3.3%

Public Administration

182

159

-23

-12.6%

Information Not Available

1,378

1,069

-309

-22.4%

 

Initial Claims by Industry

 

Continued Weeks Claimed by Industry

 

Industry Share CWC
Industry Share CWC - 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 15th rather than the week ending May 22nd. 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 15th, 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 15th, 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 15th, 2021: 

PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 05-27-21

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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