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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-24-20

For immediate release:
12/23/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-24-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending December 19, 2020, Massachusetts had 21,069 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) a decrease of 3,308 over the previous week.  Decreases were seen in most of the sectors.  The largest decreases in initial claim filings for the week were seen in the information not available sector, either lacking industry or employer information, posting a decrease of 975; health and social assistance, down 419; public administration, 371 less; manufacturing, less 245 and food and accommodation, down 225. Since March 15, a total of 1,726,534 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending December 19 at 159,124 were down 1,922 or 1.2 percent less over the previous week as claimants continue to exhaust their regular UI benefits. 

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed from December 13 to December 19 totaled 5,158, a decrease of 1,065 over the previous week.  The second consecutive week of decline in PUA initial claims filings.  A total of 899,424 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020. PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending December 19, at 364,954 was 16,738 less than the previous week.

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 7,617 is a decrease of 1,189 over the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 351,399.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending December 19 had 14,501 claims filed, an increase of 8.346 claims over the previous week. The increase was due to more 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 48,748 individuals filed an EB initial claim.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 12/12

Week Ending 12/19

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

190

226

36

18.9%

Mining

16

35

19

118.8%

Utilities

41

29

-12

-29.3%

Construction

2,625

2,893

268

10.2%

Manufacturing

1,083

838

-245

-22.6%

Wholesale Trade

610

458

-152

-24.9%

Retail Trade

1,700

1,520

-180

-10.6%

Transportation &
Warehouse

579

663

84

14.5%

Information

296

209

-87

-29.4%

Finance & Insurance

583

426

-157

-26.9%

Real Estate

236

205

-31

-13.1%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,465

1,143

-322

-22.0%

Management of Companies

185

142

-43

-23.2%

Administrative &
Waste Services

2,179

2,029

-150

-6.9%

Education

725

553

-172

-23.7%

Health & Social Assistance

2,071

1,652

-419

-20.2%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

649

677

28

4.3%

Food & Accommodation

2,707

2,482

-225

-8.3%

Other Services

1,321

1,119

-202

-15.3%

Public Administration

974

603

-371

-38.1%

Information Not Available

4,142

3,167

-975

-23.5%

 

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

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 12th rather than the week ending December 19th.

 

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 12-24-20

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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