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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-03-20

For immediate release:
12/03/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-03-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending November 28, Massachusetts had 23,731 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) a decrease of 5,743, the second week in a row of over the week decline.  Decreases were widespread across all sectors.  The largest decreases in initial claims for the week were seen in health and social assistance, 1,369 lower; professional and technical services, down 680; and public administration, 572 less.  Since March 15, a total of 1,655,257 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  For the twenty-fourth consecutive week continued weeks claimed declined.  For the week ending November 28, continued weeks claimed fell below 200,000 and at 175,303 were down 30,030 or 14.6 percent less over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed from November 22 to November 28, at 7,272 were 593 claims lower than the previous week.  This marks the fifth consecutive weeks decline in PUA initial claims filings. A total of 880,056 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA program.          

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits, was implemented on May 21.  For the ninth consecutive week, PEUC initial claims filed decreased over the previous week. For the week ending November 28 at 9,782 were slightly less than the prior week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 326,314.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending November 28 had 3,145 claims filed, an increase of 178 over the previous week.  Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of 24,954 individuals filed an EB initial claim.

 

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 11/21

Week Ending 11/28

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

149

102

-47

-31.5%

Mining

17

21

4

23.5%

Utilities

93

72

-21

-22.6%

Construction

1,972

2,054

82

4.2%

Manufacturing

1,500

1,196

-304

-20.3%

Wholesale Trade

971

657

-314

-32.3%

Retail Trade

1,963

1,602

-361

-18.4%

Transportation &
Warehouse

677

906

229

33.8%

Information

601

418

-183

-30.4%

Finance & Insurance

1,466

931

-535

-36.5%

Real Estate

466

273

-193

-41.4%

Professional and
Technical Services

2,616

1,936

-680

-26.0%

Management of Companies

341

185

-156

-45.7%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,477

1,399

-78

-5.3%

Education

1,418

976

-442

-31.2%

Health & Social Assistance

3,713

2,344

-1,369

-36.9%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

459

453

-6

-1.3%

Food & Accommodation

2,184

2,187

3

0.1%

Other Services

1,479

1,220

-259

-17.5%

Public Administration

1,760

1,188

-572

-32.5%

Information Not Available

4,152

3,611

-541

-13.0%

 

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 21st rather than the week ending November 28th.

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 12-03-20

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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