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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-31-20

For immediate release:
12/31/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 12-31-20

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

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

From December 20 to December 26, 2020, Massachusetts had 22,860 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 1,791 over the previous week.  Due to schools’ holiday break the largest increases in initial claim filings for the week were seen in transportation and warehouse, 1,027 higher and food and accommodation, up 479. Since March 15, a total of 1,749,394 initial claims for regular UI have been filed.  Continued weeks claimed for the week ending December 26 at 152,582 were down 6,542 or 4.1 percent less over the previous week as claimants continue to exhaust their regular UI benefits. 

For the third consecutive week of decreases in filings, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for week ending December 26 at 4,540 were 618 claims less than the previous week.  A total of 903,964 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA since April 20, 2020.  PUA continued weeks claimed for week ending December 26, however,  has climbed back up to over 400,000.

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 7,755 is an increase of 138 over the previous week. Since implementation, PEUC filings now total 359,154.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program, which triggered on May 3 due to the high volume of claims, for the week ending December 26 had 19,195 claims filed, an increase of 4,694 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 67,943 individuals filed an EB initial claim.

                  Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 12/19

Week Ending 12/26

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting

226

253

27

11.9%

Mining

35

52

17

48.6%

Utilities

29

27

-2

-6.9%

Construction

2,893

3,240

347

12.0%

Manufacturing

838

1,023

185

22.1%

Wholesale Trade

458

469

11

2.4%

Retail Trade

1,520

1,571

51

3.4%

Transportation &
Warehouse

663

1,690

1,027

154.9%

Information

209

216

7

3.3%

Finance & Insurance

426

293

-133

-31.2%

Real Estate

205

220

15

7.3%

Professional and
Technical Services

1,143

1,093

-50

-4.4%

Management of
Companies

142

117

-25

-17.6%

Administrative &
Waste Services

2,029

2,192

163

8.0%

Education

553

540

-13

-2.4%

Health &
Social Assistance

1,652

1,585

-67

-4.1%

Arts, Entertainment &
Recreation

677

630

-47

-6.9%

Food & Accommodation

2,482

2,961

479

19.3%

Other Services

1,119

1,105

-14

-1.3%

Public Administration

603

464

-139

-23.1%

Information Not Available

3,167

3,119

-48

-1.5%

 

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 19th rather than the week ending December 26th.

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 12-31-20

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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