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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 11-26-20

For immediate release:
11/25/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 11-26-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From November 15th to November 21st, Massachusetts had 29,474 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 22,613 over the previous week. Decreases were widespread across all sectors, with particularly large changes in Health & Social Assistance, down 3,375; Public Administration, down 3,374; and Professional and Technical Services, down 2,942. Since March 15, a total of 1,631,526 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed declined for the twenty-third consecutive week. For the week ending November 21st there were 205,333 continued weeks claimed, down 3,903 or 1.87 percent from the previous week.

Initial claims filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for the week ending November 21st, at 7,865, were 257 claims less than the previous week, the fourth week in a row of decline.  A total of 872,784 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA program.  

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides up to 13 weeks of extended benefits, was implemented on May 21st.  For the eighth consecutive week, PEUC initial claims filed decreased over the previous week.  From November 15th to November 21st PEUC filings, at 9,795, were 490 lower than the prior week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 316,532.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3rd due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending November 21st had 2,967 claims filed, an increase of 250 over the previous week.  Since the week of September 6th, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of 21,809 individuals filed an EB initial claim.

Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 11/14

Week Ending 11/21

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

145

149

4

2.8%

Mining

23

17

-6

-26.1%

Utilities

270

93

-177

-65.6%

Construction

2,273

1,972

-301

-13.2%

Manufacturing

3,227

1,500

-1,727

-53.5%

Wholesale Trade

2,004

971

-1,033

-51.5%

Retail Trade

3,092

1,963

-1,129

-36.5%

Transportation &
Warehouse

1,003

677

-326

-32.5%

Information

1,167

601

-566

-48.5%

Finance & Insurance

3,713

1,466

-2,247

-60.5%

Real Estate

824

466

-358

-43.4%

Professional and
Technical Services

5,558

2,616

-2,942

-52.9%

Management of Companies

702

341

-361

-51.4%

Administrative &
Waste Services

2,018

1,477

-541

-26.8%

Education

3,905

1,418

-2,487

-63.7%

Health & Social Assistance

7,088

3,713

-3,375

-47.6%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

655

459

-196

-29.9%

Food & Accommodation

2,344

2,184

-160

-6.8%

Other Services

2,183

1,479

-704

-32.2%

Public Administration

5,134

1,760

-3,374

-65.7%

Information Not Available

4,759

4,152

-607

-12.8%

 

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 November 14th rather than the week ending November 21st.

 

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 11-26-20

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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