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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data (06-04-20)

For immediate release:
6/04/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data (06-04-20)

Charles Pearce, Director of Communications, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassachusettsMassachusetts Weekly unemployment data 6-4-20

Massachusetts had 27,034 individuals file an initial claim for standard Unemployment Insurance (UI) from May 24 to May 30, a decrease of 10,584 over the previous week. Since March 15, a total of 924,239 initial claims have been filed for UI. For the same week, there were 575,862 continued UI claims filed, a decrease of 12,187 or 2.1% over the previous week. This marks the first decrease in continued UI weeks claimed since the beginning of the pandemic related unemployment surge.

At 54,281, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending May 30 were 93,313 less than the previous week. Since April 20, 2020, 573,077 claimants have filed for PUA.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits to individuals who have exhausted or expired their regular unemployment compensation since July 2019 was implemented on May 21. For the week ending May 23, 39,011 PEUC claims were filed followed by 4,242 PEUC filings for the week of May 24 to May 30.

Since March, the customer service staff at the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has grown from around 50 employees to nearly 2000. The remote customer service operation is now making over 35,000 individual contacts per day and DUA continues to host daily unemployment town halls – which have been held in English, Spanish, and Portuguese - and have been attended by nearly 300,000 constituents.

The below charts are relative to standard UI only.

Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 5/23

Week Ending 5/30

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

104

85

-19

-18.3%

Mining

6

3

-3

-50.0%

Utilities

35

21

-14

-40.0%

Construction

1,262

890

-372

-29.5%

Manufacturing

2,359

1,698

-661

-28.0%

Wholesale Trade

1,303

796

-507

-38.9%

Retail Trade

3,840

2,752

-1,088

-28.3%

Transportation & Warehouse

1,504

903

-601

-40.0%

Information

692

483

-209

-30.2%

Finance & Insurance

743

455

-288

-38.8%

Real Estate

435

301

-134

-30.8%

Professional and Technical Services

2,459

1,597

-862

-35.1%

Management of Companies

308

684

376

122.1%

Administrative & Waste Services

2,316

1,720

-596

-25.7%

Education

2,044

1,541

-503

-24.6%

Health & Social Assistance

4,733

3,279

-1,454

-30.7%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

839

637

-202

-24.1%

Food & Accommodation

3,585

2,768

-817

-22.8%

Other Services

1,895

1343

-552

-29.1%

Public Administration

1,357

811

-546

-40.2%

Information Not Available

5,799

4,267

-1,532

-26.4%

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 weeks

Industry share of CWC in most recent week set

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 23rd rather than the week ending May 30th.

Continued weeks claimed by gender
Continued weeks claimed by ethnicity
Continued weeks claimed by race

Claimants by Gender

Claimants by gender
Claimants by gender set

Claimants by Ethnicity

Claimants by ethnicity
Claimants by ethnicity set

Claimants by Race

Claimants by race

 

Claimants by race set

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data (06-04-20)

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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