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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 09-10-20

For immediate release:
9/08/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 09-10-20

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

MassachusettsFrom August 30 to September 5, a total of 18,131 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), the fourth consecutive week of increases, up 88 over the previous week.  Increases in initial claims filings were low, and widespread among several sectors. From March 15 to September 5, a total of 1,244,306 have filed an initial claim for regular UI.  For the twelfth week in a row of decreases, continued UI claims for week ending September 5, at 387,829, were down 12,487 or 3.1 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending September 5 at 11,424, an increase of 392 over the previous week.  Since April 20, 2020, 757,168 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 30 to September 5, 6,745 PEUC initial claims were filed, 340 higher than the previous week bringing the total of PEUC filings to 114,328 since implementation.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 8/29

Week Ending 9/05

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

 

84

93

 

9

 

10.7%

Mining

3

7

4

133.3%

Utilities

30

48

18

60.0%

Construction

1,228

1,234

6

0.5%

Manufacturing

958

1,012

54

5.6%

Wholesale Trade

530

566

36

6.8%

Retail Trade

1,523

1,581

58

3.8%

Transportation & Warehouse

548

542

-6

-1.1%

Information

313

305

-8

-2.6%

Finance & Insurance

558

566

8

1.4%

Real Estate

228

248

20

8.8%

Professional and Technical Services

1,417

1,510

93

6.6%

Management of Companies

135

136

1

0.7%

Administrative & Waste Services

964

984

20

2.1%

Education

887

796

-91

-10.3%

Health & Social Assistance

2,196

2,029

-167

-7.6%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

258

279

21

8.1%

Food & Accommodation

1,303

1,330

27

2.1%

Other Services

952

1,038

86

9.0%

Public Administration

936

857

-79

-8.4%

Information Not Available

2,992

2,936

-22

-0.7%

 

Initial claims by industry

initial claims by industry

Continued weeks claimed by industry

cwc 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 29th rather than the week ending September 5th.

 

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 09-10-20

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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