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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 09-24-20

For immediate release:
9/24/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 09-24-20

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

MassachusettsMassachusetts had 22,786 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) for the week ending September 19, an increase of 4,962 over the previous week. Increases were seen in all sectors but the transportation and warehouse sector. The increase may be mostly due to 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. Since March 15, a total of 1,284,916 initial claim for regular UI have been filed. For the fourteenth consecutive week of decreases, continued UI claims for week ending September 19, at 354,160, were down 13,786 or 3.7 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed from September 13 to September 19, at 11,313, were just slightly lower than the previous week. Since April 20, 2020, 780,124 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 September 19, 27,646 PEUC initial claims were filed, an increase of 16,132 over the previous week as more and more claimants exhausted their regular UI claim. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 153,488.

 

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 9/12

Week Ending 9/19

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

49

126

77

157.1%

Mining

5

15

10

200.0%

Utilities

42

54

12

28.6%

Construction

1,154

1,240

86

7.5%

Manufacturing

1,038

1,276

238

22.9%

Wholesale Trade

495

694

199

40.2%

Retail Trade

1,458

1,839

381

26.1%

Transportation & Warehouse

563

553

-10

-1.8%

Information

272

360

88

32.4%

Finance & Insurance

537

888

351

65.4%

Real Estate

278

328

50

18.0%

Professional and Technical Services

1,391

2,043

652

46.9%

Management of Companies

126

152

26

20.6%

Administrative & Waste Services

942

1,113

171

18.2%

Education

741

1,019

278

37.5%

Health & Social Assistance

2,270

2,831

561

24.7%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

258

303

45

17.4%

Food & Accommodation

1,313

1,744

431

32.8%

Other Services

938

1,269

331

35.3%

Public Administration

1,041

1,329

288

27.7%

Information Not Available

2,913

3,610

697

23.9%

 

 

 

Initial claims by industry

initial claims by industry

Continued weeks claimed by industry

Continued weeks claimed by industry 09-24-20

 

 

 

Industry share of CWC in most recent week

Industry share of CWC in most recent week 09-24-20
Industry share of CWC in most recent week 09-24-20

 

 

 

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 September 12th rather than the week ending September 19th.

 

Claimants by Gender

 

Claimants by gender 09-24-20
Claimants by gender 09-24-20

Claimants by Ethnicity

Claimants by ethnicity 09-24-20
Claimants by ethnicity

 

Claimants by Race

 

Claimants by race 09-24-20

 

 

Claimants by race 09-24-20

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 09-24-20

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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