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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-15-20

For immediate release:
10/15/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-15-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending October 10, Massachusetts had 39,038 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) an increase of 10,332 over the previous week.  Increases were seen in all sectors but mining.  Health and social assistance, up 1,324; professional and technical services, 1,302 higher; and public administration, plus 1,096; had the most increases in initial claims filing over the week. A total of 1,377,277 initial claim for regular UI have been filed since March 15.  Continued weeks claimed for week ending October 10, at 260,481, were down 26,632 or 9.3 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed from October 4 to October 10, at 11,478, were 487 claims higher than the previous week.  Since April 20, 2020, 813,518 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 10, 22,370 initial claims were filed, a decrease of 5,651 over the previous week.  Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 236,929.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 10/3

Week Ending 10/10

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

86

123

37

43.0%

Mining

11

8

-3

-27.3%

Utilities

117

160

43

36.8%

Construction

1,609

1983

374

23.2%

Manufacturing

1,819

2,279

460

25.3%

Wholesale Trade

931

1,481

550

59.1%

Retail Trade

2,045

2,650

605

29.6%

Transportation &
Warehouse

775

999

224

28.9%

Information

574

855

281

49.0%

Finance & Insurance

1,524

2455

931

61.1%

Real Estate

405

561

156

38.5%

Professional and
Technical Services

2,835

4137

1,302

45.9%

Management of
Companies

209

271

62

29.7%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,236

1528

292

23.6%

Education

1,443

2243

800

55.4%

Health & Social Assistance

3,798

5122

1,324

34.9%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

373

439

66

17.7%

Food & Accommodation

1,561

1808

247

15.8%

Other Services

1,423

1869

446

31.3%

Public Administration

2,087

3183

1,096

52.5%

Information Not Available

3,845

4,884

1,039

27.0%

 

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 October 3rd rather than the week ending October 10th.

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 10-15-20

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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