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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-17-20

For immediate release:
12/17/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-17-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From December 6 to December 12, 2020, Massachusetts had 24,377 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) a decrease of 1,454 over the previous week.  Decreases were widespread among all sectors.  The largest decreases in initial claim filings for the week were seen in professional and technical services, 370 lower; health and social assistance, down 347; transportation and warehouse, 279 less; and education, minus 242. Since March 15, a total of 1,705,465 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending December 12 at 161,046 were down 9,596 or 5.6 percent less over the previous week as claimants continue to exhaust their regular UI benefits. 

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for week ending December 12, at 6,223 were 1,764 claims less than the previous week.  A total of 894,266 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020. PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending December 12, at 381,692 is at its lowest level since the first week of filing.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits, was implemented on May 21.  PEUC initial claims filed at 8,806 is an increase of 144 over the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 343,782.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending December 12 had 6,155 claims filed, an increase of 3,017 claims over the previous week. The increase was due to claimants exhausting their PEUC benefits and moving on to EB. Since the week of September 6, the first week EB claims were filed, a total of 34,247 individuals filed an EB initial claim.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 12/5

Week Ending 12/12

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

164

190

26

15.9%

Mining

19

16

-3

-15.8%

Utilities

62

41

-21

-33.9%

Construction

2,264

2,625

361

15.9%

Manufacturing

1,244

1,083

-161

-12.9%

Wholesale Trade

693

610

-83

-12.0%

Retail Trade

1,873

1,700

-173

-9.2%

Transportation &
Warehouse

858

579

-279

-32.5%

Information

328

296

-32

-9.8%

Finance & Insurance

770

583

-187

-24.3%

Real Estate

337

236

-101

-30.0%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,835

1,465

-370

-20.2%

Management of
Companies

203

185

-18

-8.9%

Administrative &
Waste Services

1,848

2,179

331

17.9%

Education

967

725

-242

-25.0%

Health & Social Assistance

2,418

2,071

-347

-14.4%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

644

649

5

0.8%

Food & Accommodation

2,801

2,707

-94

-3.4%

Other Services

1,368

1,321

-47

-3.4%

Public Administration

1,173

974

-199

-17.0%

Information Not Available

3,962

4,142

180

4.5%

 

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 December 5th rather than the week ending December 12th.

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 12-17-20

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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