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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-29-20

For immediate release:
10/29/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 10-29-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

Massachusetts had 47,170 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) for the week ending October 24, an increase of 2,672 over the previous week.  Increases were widespread over all sectors.  Health and social assistance, up 618; public administration 510 more; education, plus 485 and professional and technical services, 392 higher had the most increases in initial claims filing over the week. A total of 1,468,945 initial claims for regular UI have been filed since March 15.  For the nineteenth consecutive week continued weeks claimed for the week of October 18 to October 24 were down, 4,710 or 1.9 percent less over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending October 24, at 12,162 were 548 claims higher than the previous week.  Since April 20, 2020, 837,294 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 fourth week in a row, PEUC claims filed for the week of October 18 to October 24, at 15,832 initial claims filed were down, decreasing by 2,301 over the previous week.  Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 270,894.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending October 24 had 1,995 claims filed, 124 more than the previous week.  Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of 11,579 individuals filed an EB initial claims.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 10/17

Week Ending 10/24

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

116

127

11

9.5%

Mining

15

15

0

0.0%

Utilities

186

216

30

16.1%

Construction

2,253

2,137

-116

-5.1%

Manufacturing

2,789

2,754

-35

-1.3%

Wholesale Trade

1,623

1,824

201

12.4%

Retail Trade

2,759

2,989

230

8.3%

Transportation &
Warehouse

1,051

953

-98

-9.3%

Information

981

1,137

156

15.9%

Finance & Insurance

3,126

3,130

4

0.1%

Real Estate

692

715

23

3.3%

Professional and
Technical Services

4,811

5,203

392

8.1%

Management of Companies

322

339

17

5.3%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,691

1,713

22

1.3%

Education

2,738

3,223

485

17.7%

Health & Social Assistance

5,285

5,903

618

11.7%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

521

547

26

5.0%

Food & Accommodation

1,838

2,070

232

12.6%

Other Services

1,865

2,164

299

16.0%

Public Administration

3,454

3,964

510

14.8%

Information Not Available

6,382

6,047

-335

-5.2%

 

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 17th rather than the week ending October 24th.

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 10-29-20

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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