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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 08-26-21

For immediate release:
8/26/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 08-26-21

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending August 21, Massachusetts had an estimated 6,438 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 270 claims from actual claims of 6,708 the previous week with all sectors showing decreases except transportation and warehouse. The larger decreases were seen in: Construction, down 87; Public Administration, down 75; Food and Accommodation, down 59; Administrative and Waste Services, down 52; and Manufacturing, down 43 claims.  (Please note that these values are now final and are no longer being estimated due to the previously announced system processing error for initial claims filings for regular UI. The corrected values for all previous weeks are provided at the end of this release.) Continued weeks claimed for week ending August 21 decreased by 3,942 from the previous week to 58,924 with the largest declines in Food and Accommodation, Other Services, Retail Trade, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Administrative and Waste Services.

For week ending August 21, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 3,360 initial claims filed, an increase of 535 claims from the previous week while PUA continued weeks claimed increased by 5,158 to 239,958.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which was implemented on May 21, 2020, had 3,942 initial claims, down by 382 from the previous week.  Continued weeks claimed decreased by 1,242 to 183,348.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program which triggered off on July 17 had 71 initial claims filed and 43 continued weeks claimed.

 

 Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 8/14

Week Ending 8/21

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

42

51

9

21.4%

Mining

1

9

8

800.0%

Utilities

12

12

0

0.0%

Construction

693

606

-87

-12.6%

Manufacturing

318

275

-43

-13.5%

Wholesale Trade

156

163

7

4.5%

Retail Trade

561

563

2

0.4%

Transportation and
Warehouse

468

435

-33

-7.1%

Information

119

112

-7

-5.9%

Finance and Insurance

170

181

11

6.5%

Real Estate

77

64

-13

-16.9%

Professional and
Technical Services

431

481

50

11.6%

Management of Companies

22

37

15

68.2%

Administrative and
Waste Services

503

451

-52

-10.3%

Education

199

199

0

0.0%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

736

756

20

2.7%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

73

65

-8

-11.0%

Food and Accommodation

529

470

-59

-11.2%

Other Services

398

393

-5

-1.3%

Public Administration

239

164

-75

-31.4%

Information Not Available

437

512

75

17.2%

 

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 14th rather than the week ending August 21th. 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 14th, 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 August 14th, 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 14th, 2021:

PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series

 

Initial Claims Estimated vs. Actual

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 08-26-21

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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