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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 07-09-20

For immediate release:
7/09/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 07-09-20

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

MassachusettsMassachusetts had 26,619 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) from June 28 to July 4, a decrease of 2,453 over the previous week, the fourth consecutive week of decline. However, over-the-week increases in filings were seen in some sectors including Health and Social Assistance, Management of Companies and Construction. From March 15 to July 4, a total of 1,084,115 have filed an initial claim for regular UI.  For the third week in a row, continued UI claims at 535,201 were down 13,240 or 2.4 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending July 4, at 12,969, were 1,185 less than the previous week. Since April 20, 2020, 651,214 claimants have filed an initial claim for 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 July 4, 6,523 PEUC initial claims were filed bringing the total of PEUC filings to 65,667 since implementation.

Since March, the customer service staff at the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has grown from around 50 employees to over 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 400,000 constituents.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 6/27

Week Ending 7/4

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

80

84

4

5.0%

Mining

7

6

-1

-14.3%

Utilities

37

26

-11

-29.7%

Construction

1,066

1,207

141

13.2%

Manufacturing

2,066

2,010

-56

-2.7%

Wholesale Trade

926

829

-97

-10.5%

Retail Trade

2,315

1,948

-367

-15.9%

Transportation & Warehouse

1,620

952

-668

-41.2%

Information

452

445

-7

-1.5%

Finance & Insurance

465

396

-69

-14.8%

Real Estate

287

243

-44

-15.3%

Professional and Technical Services

1,665

1,683

18

1.1%

Management of Companies

167

402

235

140.7%

Administrative & Waste Services

1,509

1,403

-106

-7.0%

Education

1,894

2,028

134

7.1%

Health & Social Assistance

3,343

3,840

497

14.9%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

522

476

-46

-8.8%

Food & Accommodation

2,347

1,948

-399

-17.0%

Other Services

1,844

1,549

-295

-16.0%

Public Administration

3,307

2,168

-1,139

-34.4%

Information Not Available

3,153

2,976

-177

-5.6%

 

Initial claims by industry

initial claims by industry

Continued weeks claimed by industry

continued week claims 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 27th rather than the week ending July 4th.

 

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 07-09-20

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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