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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 08-19-21

For immediate release:
8/19/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 08-19-21

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

MassachusettsMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending August 14, Massachusetts had an estimated 6,184 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 1,122 claims from the previous week with all sectors showing decreases except transportation and warehouse. The larger decreases were seen in: Professional and Technical Services, down 144; Retail Trade, down 135; Health Care and Social Assistance, down 134; Manufacturing, down 117; and Other Services, down 111 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 August 14 decreased by 1,181 from the previous week to 62,866 with the largest declines in Health Care and Social Assistance, Food and Accommodation, Administrative and Waste Services, and Other Services.

For week ending August 14, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 2,825 initial claims filed, a slight increase of 22 claims from the previous week while PUA continued weeks claimed decreased by 20,571 to 234,800.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which was implemented on May 21, 2020, had 4,324 initial claims, down by 805 from the previous week.  Continued weeks claimed decreased by 3,617 to 184,590.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program which triggered off on July 17 had 99 initial claims filed and 43 continued weeks claimed.

 

 Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 8/7

Week Ending 8/14

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

48

42

-6

-12.5%

Mining

5

1

-4

-80.0%

Utilities

14

12

-2

-14.3%

Construction

712

693

-19

-2.7%

Manufacturing

435

318

-117

-26.9%

Wholesale Trade

222

156

-66

-29.7%

Retail Trade

696

561

-135

-19.4%

Transportation and
Warehouse

418

468

50

12.0%

Information

132

119

-13

-9.8%

Finance and Insurance

237

170

-67

-28.3%

Real Estate

100

77

-23

-23.0%

Professional and
Technical Services

575

431

-144

-25.0%

Management of Companies

49

22

-27

-55.1%

Administrative and
Waste Services

577

503

-74

-12.8%

Education

297

199

-98

-33.0%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

870

736

-134

-15.4%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

75

73

-2

-2.7%

Food and Accommodation

601

529

-72

-12.0%

Other Services

509

398

-111

-21.8%

Public Administration

276

239

-37

-13.4%

Information Not Available

458

437

-21

-4.6%

 

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 August 7th rather than the week ending August 14th. 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 August 7th, 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 July 7th, 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 August 7tu, 2021:

PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 08-19-21

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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