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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 11-12-20

For immediate release:
11/12/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 11-12-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the first week in November, Massachusetts had 42,206 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) an increase of 3,392 over the previous week.  Increases were seen in almost all industries but two sectors.  The largest increases in initial claims for the week were seen in health and social assistance, 813 higher; educational services, up 403; public administration, 377 more; and food and accommodation, plus 313. Since March 15, a total of 1,549,965 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  For the twenty-first consecutive week, continued weeks claimed for the week ending November 7 at 214,678 were down 14,026 or 6.1 percent less over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed from November 1 to November 7, at 8,724 were 2,055 claims lower than the previous week.  This is the lowest PUA initial claims filed since filings started in April.  A total of 856,797 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 consecutive week, PEUC initial claims filed decreased over the previous week. For the week ending November 7 at 12,196 were 1,166 less. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 296,452.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending November 7 had 2,406 claims filed, an increase of 266 over the previous week.  Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of 16,125 individuals filed an EB initial claim.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 10/31

Week Ending 11/7

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

142

156

14

9.9%

Mining

12

9

-3

-25.0%

Utilities

214

155

-59

-27.6%

Construction

2,022

2,048

26

1.3%

Manufacturing

2,233

2,407

174

7.8%

Wholesale Trade

1,387

1,575

188

13.6%

Retail Trade

2,455

2,694

239

9.7%

Transportation &
Warehouse

775

934

159

20.5%

Information

906

956

50

5.5%

Finance & Insurance

2,442

2,702

260

10.6%

Real Estate

532

605

73

13.7%

Professional and
Technical Services

3,942

4,248

306

7.8%

Management of
Companies

273

472

199

72.9%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,604

1,753

149

9.3%

Education

2,501

2,904

403

16.1%

Health & Social Assistance

4,864

5,677

813

16.7%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

552

616

64

11.6%

Food & Accommodation

2,011

2,324

313

15.6%

Other Services

1,724

1,778

54

3.1%

Public Administration

3,375

3,752

377

11.2%

Information Not Available

4,848

4,441

-407

-8.4%

 

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 October 31st rather than the week ending November 7th.

 

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 11-12-20

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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