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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-08-20

For immediate release:
10/08/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-08-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending October 3, Massachusetts had 28,706 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) an increase of 4,089 over the previous week.  Increases were seen in all sectors but in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector.  As in the previous week, 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. A total of 1,335,583 initial claim for regular UI have been filed since March 15.  Continued weeks claimed from September 27 to October 3, at 287,113, were down 33,103 or 10.3 percent over the previous week.  Continued weeks claimed has now decreased for sixteen consecutive weeks.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed from September 27 to October 3, at 10,991, were just slightly higher than the previous week.  Since April 20, 2020, 802,040 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 October 3, 28,021 PEUC initial claims were filed, a decrease of 5,029 over the previous week as more and more claimants exhaust their regular UI claim.  Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 214,559.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 9/26

Week Ending 10/3

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

90

86

-4

-4.4%

Mining

8

11

3

37.5%

Utilities

89

117

28

31.5%

Construction

1,363

1,609

246

18.0%

Manufacturing

1,596

1,819

223

14.0%

Wholesale Trade

818

931

113

13.8%

Retail Trade

1,817

2,045

228

12.5%

Transportation &
Warehouse

544

775

231

42.5%

Information

432

574

142

32.9%

Finance & Insurance

1,224

1,524

300

24.5%

Real Estate

330

405

75

22.7%

Professional and
Technical Services

2,423

2,835

412

17.0%

Management of Companies

175

209

34

19.4%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,081

1,236

155

14.3%

Education

1,207

1,443

236

19.6%

Health & Social Assistance

3,198

3,798

600

18.8%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

278

373

95

34.2%

Food & Accommodation

1,479

1,561

82

5.5%

Other Services

1,304

1,423

119

9.1%

Public Administration

1,678

2,087

409

24.4%

Information Not Available

3,483

3,845

362

10.4%

 

Initial claims by industry

Initial claims by industry

Continued weeks claimed by industry

Continued weeks claimed 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 - table

 

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 26th rather than the week ending October 3rd.

Claimants by Gender

Claimants by Gender
Claimants by Gender - table

 

Claimants by Ethnicity

Claimants by Ethnicity
Claimants by Ethnicity - table

Claimants by Race

Claimants by Race
Claimants by Race - table

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-08-20

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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