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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 11-19-20

For immediate release:
11/19/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 11-19-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From November 8 to November 14, Massachusetts had 52,087 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) an increase of 9,881 over the previous week. The largest increases in initial claims filed for the week were seen in health and social assistance, up 1,411; public administration, 1,382 higher; professional and technical services, 1,310 more; finance and insurance, plus 1,011 and educational services, up 1,001.  Since March 15, a total of 1,602,052 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  For the twenty-second consecutive week, continued weeks claimed for the week ending November 14 at 209,236 were down 5,442 or 2.5 percent less over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for week ending November 14, at 8,122 were 602 claims less than the previous week, the third week in arrow of decline.  A total of 864,919 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 seventh consecutive week, PEUC initial claims filed decreased over the previous week.  From November 8 to November 14 PEUC filings, at 10,285 were 1,911 lower.  Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 306,737.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending November 14 had 2,717 claims filed, an increase of 311 over the previous week.  Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of 18,842 individuals filed an EB initial claim.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 11/7

Week Ending 11/14

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

156

145

-11

-7.1%

Mining

9

23

14

155.6%

Utilities

155

270

115

74.2%

Construction

2,048

2,273

225

11.0%

Manufacturing

2,407

3,227

820

34.1%

Wholesale Trade

1,575

2,004

429

27.2%

Retail Trade

2,694

3,092

398

14.8%

Transportation &
Warehouse

934

1,003

69

7.4%

Information

956

1,167

211

22.1%

Finance & Insurance

2,702

3,713

1,011

37.4%

Real Estate

605

824

219

36.2%

Professional and
Technical Services

4,248

5,558

1,310

30.8%

Management of Companies

472

702

230

48.7%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,753

2,018

265

15.1%

Education

2,904

3,905

1,001

34.5%

Health & Social Assistance

5,677

7,088

1,411

24.9%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

616

655

39

6.3%

Food & Accommodation

2,324

2,344

20

0.9%

Other Services

1,778

2,183

405

22.8%

Public Administration

3,752

5,134

1,382

36.8%

Information Not Available

4,441

4,759

318

7.2%

 

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 November 7th rather than the week ending November 14th.

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 11-19-20

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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