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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-22-20

For immediate release:
10/22/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-22-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From October 11 to October 17, Massachusetts had 44,498 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) an increase of 5,460 over the previous week. This is the fifth week in a row of increasing initial claims filings.  Increases were seen in almost all sectors.  Known industries with the highest increase in filings were Professional and Technical Services, up 674; Finance and Insurance, 671 higher; and Manufacturing, plus 510.  The highest over the week increase of 1,498 filings occurred in the sector with no industry information available. A total of 1,421,775 initial claim for regular UI have been filed since March 15.  Continued weeks claimed for week ending October 17, at 244,989, were down 15,492 or 5.9 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed from October 11 to October 17, at 11,614, were 136 claims higher than the previous week.  Since April 20, 2020, 825,132 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 17, 18,133 initial claims were filed, a decrease of 4,237 over the previous week, the third consecutive week of declining PEUC filings. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 255,062.

Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 10/10

Week Ending 10/17

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

123

116

-7

-5.7%

Mining

8

15

7

87.5%

Utilities

160

186

26

16.3%

Construction

1983

2253

270

13.6%

Manufacturing

2,279

2,789

510

22.4%

Wholesale Trade

1,481

1,623

142

9.6%

Retail Trade

2,650

2,759

109

4.1%

Transportation &
Warehouse

999

1,051

52

5.2%

Information

855

981

126

14.7%

Finance & Insurance

2455

3126

671

27.3%

Real Estate

561

692

131

23.4%

Professional and
Technical Services

4137

4811

674

16.3%

Management of
Companies

271

322

51

18.8%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1528

1691

163

10.7%

Education

2243

2738

495

22.1%

Health & Social
Assistance

5122

5285

163

3.2%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

439

521

82

18.7%

Food & Accommodation

1808

1838

30

1.7%

Other Services

1869

1865

-4

-0.2%

Public Administration

3183

3454

271

8.5%

Information Not Available

4,884

6,382

1,498

30.7%

 

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 10th rather than the week ending October 17th.

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 10-22-20

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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