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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 11-05-20

For immediate release:
11/05/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 11-05-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From October 25 to October 31, Massachusetts had 38,814 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) a decrease of 8,356 over the previous week.  Decreases were seen in almost all sectors except two which had slight over-the-week increases.  The largest decreases in initial claims with coded industries for the week were: professional and technical services, 1,261 less; health and social assistance, down 1,039; educational services, decreased by 722; and finance and insurance, 688 less. Further, the information not available sector, either lacking industry or employer information posted a decrease of 1,199.  A total of 1,507,759 initial claims for regular UI have been filed since March 15.  For the twentieth consecutive week, continued weeks claimed for the week ending October 31 at 228,704 were down 11,575 or 4.8 percent less over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending October 31, at 10,779 were 1,383 claims fewer than the previous week.  Since April 20, 2020, 848,073 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 fifth week in a row, PEUC claims filed for the week of October 25 to October 31, at 13,362 initial claims filed were down, decreasing by 2,470 over the previous week.  Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 284,256.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending October 31 had 2,140 claims filed, 145 more than the previous week.  Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of 13,719 individuals filed an EB initial claims.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 10/24

Week Ending 10/31

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

127

142

15

11.8%

Mining

15

12

-3

-20.0%

Utilities

216

214

-2

-0.9%

Construction

2,137

2,022

-115

-5.4%

Manufacturing

2,754

2,233

-521

-18.9%

Wholesale Trade

1,824

1,387

-437

-24.0%

Retail Trade

2,989

2,455

-534

-17.9%

Transportation &
Warehouse

953

775

-178

-18.7%

Information

1,137

906

-231

-20.3%

Finance & Insurance

3,130

2,442

-688

-22.0%

Real Estate

715

532

-183

-25.6%

Professional and
Technical Services

5,203

3,942

-1,261

-24.2%

Management of Companies

339

273

-66

-19.5%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,713

1,604

-109

-6.4%

Education

3,223

2,501

-722

-22.4%

Health & Social Assistance

5,903

4,864

-1,039

-17.6%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

547

552

5

0.9%

Food & Accommodation

2,070

2,011

-59

-2.9%

Other Services

2,164

1,724

-440

-20.3%

Public Administration

3,964

3,375

-589

-14.9%

Information Not Available

6,047

4,848

-1,199

-19.8%

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 24th rather than the week ending October 31st.

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 11-05-20

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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