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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-03-21

For immediate release:
6/03/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-03-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From May 23 to May 29, Massachusetts had an estimated 8,079 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 278 from the previous week.  Decreases were widespread among all sectors with the largest decreases in initial claim filings seen in Food and Accommodation, down 276; and Retail Trade, down 136 claims.  Notable increases in filings were posted in Health Care and Social Assistance, up 168; and Construction, up 67 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 29 decreased by another 2,444 to 75,115 its lowest level since mid-March 2020.

From May 23 to May 29, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program at 883 initial claims filed were 181 less than the previous week, marking the third consecutive week of decline.  A total of 973,062 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending May 29 decreased by 9,761 to 228,014 the fourth week in a row 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 7,998 for week ending May 29 were 1,564 more than the previous week.  PEUC continued weeks claimed were at 224,899, down 2,092 from the prior week.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which first triggered on May 3, 2020 due to the high volume of claims, from May 23 to May 29 had 252 initial claims filed and 2,231 continued weeks claimed.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 5/22

Week Ending 5/29

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

44

53

9

20.5%

Mining

3

0

-3

-100.0%

Utilities

18

24

6

33.3%

Construction

680

747

67

9.9%

Manufacturing

367

346

-21

-5.7%

Wholesale Trade

187

215

28

15.0%

Retail Trade

925

789

-136

-14.7%

Transportation and
Warehouse

297

241

-56

-18.9%

Information

131

97

-34

-26.0%

Finance and Insurance

162

192

30

18.5%

Real Estate

88

100

12

13.6%

Professional and
Technical Services

538

593

55

10.2%

Management of Companies

52

43

-9

-17.3%

Administrative and
Waste Services

711

659

-52

-7.3%

Education

299

279

-20

-6.7%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

882

1,050

168

19.0%

Arts, Entertainment
and Recreation

82

85

3

3.7%

Food and Accommodation

1,134

858

-276

-24.3%

Other Services

529

468

-61

-11.5%

Public Administration

159

214

55

34.6%

Information Not Available

1,069

1,026

-43

-4.0%

 

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 22nd rather than the week ending May 29th. 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 2021: 

PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-03-21

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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