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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 07-02-20

For immediate release:
7/02/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 07-02-20

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

MassachusettsFrom June 21 to June 27, Massachusetts had 29,072 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a small decrease of 469 over the previous week, the third consecutive week of decline.  However, as the school systems officially closed for the summer, over-the-week increases in filings were seen in public administration and education. Increases in initial claims filed were, also, posted in other sectors with the highest in manufacturing. From March 15 to June 27, a total of 1,057,496 have filed for regular UI.  For the second week in a row, continued UI claims at 548,441 was down 9,828 or 1.8 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending June 27, at 14,154, were just slightly more than the previous week. Since April 20, 2020, 638,245 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA.     

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits was implemented on May 21.  For the week ending June 20, 4,503 PEUC initial claims were filed bringing the total of PEUC filings to 59,144 since implementation.

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 unemployment town halls – which have been held in English, Spanish, and Portuguese - and have been attended by around 350,000 constituents.

The below charts are relative to standard UI only.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 6/20

Week Ending 6/27

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

79

80

1

1.3%

Mining

6

7

1

16.7%

Utilities

47

37

-10

-21.3%

Construction

988

1,066

78

7.9%

Manufacturing

1,693

2,066

373

22.0%

Wholesale Trade

848

926

78

9.2%

Retail Trade

2,561

2,315

-246

-9.6%

Transportation & Warehouse

1,914

1,620

-294

-15.4%

Information

518

452

-66

-12.7%

Finance & Insurance

484

465

-19

-3.9%

Real Estate

303

287

-16

-5.3%

Professional and Technical Services

1,661

1,665

4

0.2%

Management of Companies

199

167

-32

-16.1%

Administrative & Waste Services

1,817

1,509

-308

-17.0%

Education

1,772

1,894

122

6.9%

Health & Social Assistance

3,468

3,343

-125

-3.6%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

594

522

-72

-12.1%

Food & Accommodation

2,785

2,347

-438

-15.7%

Other Services

1,790

1,844

54

3.0%

Public Administration

2,245

3,307

1,062

47.3%

Information Not Available

3,769

3,153

-616

-16.3%

 


 

 

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


 

 

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 June 20th rather than the week ending June 27th.

 

 

Claimants by Gender

Claimants by gender

 

Claimants by gender

 

Claimants by Ethnicity

 

Claimants by ethnicity


 

 

Claimants by ethnicity

Claimants by Race

Claimants by race
Claimants by race

 

 

 

 


 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 07-02-20

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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