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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-10-20

For immediate release:
12/10/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-10-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending December 5, 2020, Massachusetts had 25,831 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) an increase of 2,100 over the previous week.  Increases were widespread among all sectors.  The largest increases in initial claim filings for the week were seen in food and accommodation, 614 higher; administrative and waste services, up 449; information not available sector (either lacking industry or employer information), 351 more; and retail trade, plus 271. Since March 15, a total of 1,681,088 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending December 5 at 170,642 were down 4,661 or 2.7 percent less over the previous week.  Continued weeks claimed has not shown an increase since the week of June 7 to 13.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed from November 29 to December 5, at 7,987 were 715 claims more than the previous week.  PUA initial claims filings have been decreasing in the previous five weeks.  A total of  888,043 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits, was implemented on May 21.  For the tenth consecutive week, PEUC initial claims filed decreased over the previous week. For the week ending December 5 at 8,662 were 1,120 less. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 334,976.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending December 5 had 3,138 claims filed, just 7 claims more than the previous week.  Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of 28,092 individuals filed an EB initial claim.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 11/28

Week Ending 12/05

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

102

164

62

60.8%

Mining

21

19

-2

-9.5%

Utilities

72

62

-10

-13.9%

Construction

2,054

2,264

210

10.2%

Manufacturing

1,196

1,244

48

4.0%

Wholesale Trade

657

693

36

5.5%

Retail Trade

1,602

1,873

271

16.9%

Transportation &
Warehouse

906

858

-48

-5.3%

Information

418

328

-90

-21.5%

Finance & Insurance

931

770

-161

-17.3%

Real Estate

273

337

64

23.4%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,936

1,835

-101

-5.2%

Management of
Companies

185

203

18

9.7%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,399

1,848

449

32.1%

Education

976

967

-9

-0.9%

Health & Social Assistance

2,344

2,418

74

3.2%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

453

644

191

42.2%

Food & Accommodation

2,187

2,801

614

28.1%

Other Services

1,220

1,368

148

12.1%

Public Administration

1,188

1,173

-15

-1.3%

Information Not Available

3,611

3,962

351

9.7%

 

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 28th rather than the week ending December 5th.

 

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 12-10-20

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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