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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 07-16-20

For immediate release:
7/16/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 07-16-20

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

MassachusettsFrom July 5 to July 11, Massachusetts had 23,535 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) a decrease of 3,084 over the previous week, the fifth consecutive week of decline. From March 15 to July 11, a total of 1,107,650 have filed an initial claim for regular UI.  For the fourth week in a row, continued UI claims at 527,307 were down 7,894 or 1.5 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending July 11, at 12,832, were slightly less than the previous week. Since April 20, 2020, 664,046 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 July 11, 4,689 PEUC initial claims were filed bringing the total of PEUC filings to 70,356 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 7/4

Week Ending 7/11

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

84

85

1

1.2%

Mining

6

2

-4

-66.7%

Utilities

26

28

2

7.7%

Construction

1,207

1,166

-41

-3.4%

Manufacturing

2,010

2,098

88

4.4%

Wholesale Trade

829

750

-79

-9.5%

Retail Trade

1,948

1,918

-30

-1.5%

Transportation & Warehouse

952

738

-214

-22.5%

Information

445

416

-29

-6.5%

Finance & Insurance

396

456

60

15.2%

Real Estate

243

203

-40

-16.5%

Professional and Technical Services

1,683

1,487

-196

-11.6%

Management of Companies

402

157

-245

-60.9%

Administrative & Waste Services

1,403

1,334

-69

-4.9%

Education

2,028

1,515

-513

-25.3%

Health & Social Assistance

3,840

2,894

-946

-24.6%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

476

456

-20

-4.2%

Food & Accommodation

1,948

1,773

-175

-9.0%

Other Services

1,549

1,457

-92

-5.9%

Public Administration

2,168

1,531

-637

-29.4%

Information Not Available

2,976

3,071

95

3.2%

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

 

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 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 07-16-20

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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