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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 08-20-20

For immediate release:
8/20/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 08-20-20

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

MassachusettsFrom August 9 to August 15, Massachusetts had 16,673 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 2,509 or 17.7 percent over the previous week. Increases in initial claims filings were seen in almost all sectors and may be the result of a verification that claimants who have exhausted or expired their regular unemployment compensation are not eligible for a new UI claim before filing for other UI programs. From March 15 to August 15 a total of 1,190,996 have filed an initial claim for regular UI. For the ninth week in a row of decreases, continued UI claims for week ending August 15, at 428,975, were down 19,663 or 4.4 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending August 15 at 12,282, a large increase of 3,532 over the previous week. Claimants may have gone back to a PUA claim after being deemed ineligible to move on to other UI programs. Since April 20, 2020, 722,095 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. From August 9 to August 15, 5,871 PEUC initial claims were filed, slightly higher than the previous week bringing the total of PEUC filings to 95,221 since implementation.

 

Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 8/8

Week Ending 8/15

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

62

72

10

16.1%

Mining

5

3

-2

-40.0%

Utilities

22

41

19

86.4%

Construction

808

995

187

23.1%

Manufacturing

891

1,028

137

15.4%

Wholesale Trade

487

487

0

0.0%

Retail Trade

1,314

1,546

232

17.7%

Transportation & Warehouse

475

512

37

7.8%

Information

210

267

57

27.1%

Finance & Insurance

368

432

64

17.4%

Real Estate

176

200

24

13.6%

Professional and Technical Services

1,113

1,206

93

8.4%

Management of Companies

134

100

-34

-25.4%

Administrative & Waste Services

1,000

1,097

97

9.7%

Education

638

682

44

6.9%

Health & Social Assistance

1,558

1,862

304

19.5%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

238

239

1

0.4%

Food & Accommodation

1,070

1,389

319

29.8%

Other Services

812

1,003

191

23.5%

Public Administration

500

605

105

21.0%

Information Not Available

2,283

2,907

624

27.3%

 

 

 

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
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 August 8th rather than the week ending August 15th.

 

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 08-20-20

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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