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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 8-27-20

For immediate release:
8/27/2020
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 8-27-20

Charles Pearce, Director of Communications, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Massachusetts — Massachusetts from August 16 to August 22 had 17,136 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), the second consecutive week of increases, up 463 over the previous week. Increases in initial claims filings were widespread among all sectors and may continue to be the verification that claimants who have exhausted or expired their regular unemployment compensation are not eligible for a new UI claim before filing for other UI programs. From March 15 to August 22, a total of 1,208,132 have filed an initial claim for regular UI. For the tenth consecutive week of decreases, continued UI claims for week ending August 22, at 412,165 were down 16,810 or 3.9 percent over the previous week.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending August 22 at 12,617, a small increase of 335 over the previous week. Since April 20, 2020, 734,712 claimants have filed an initial claim for the PUA.    

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provided up to 13 weeks of extended benefits, was implemented on May 21. For the week ending August 12, 5,957 PEUC initial claims were filed, just 86 more than the previous week but bringing the total of PEUC filings to over 100,000 at 101,178 since implementation.

Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 8/15

Week Ending 8/22

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

72

78

6

8.3%

Mining

3

4

1

33.3%

Utilities

41

35

-6

-14.6%

Construction

995

1071

76

7.6%

Manufacturing

1,028

1,077

49

4.8%

Wholesale Trade

487

529

42

8.6%

Retail Trade

1,546

1,565

19

1.2%

Transportation & Warehouse

512

546

34

6.6%

Information

267

352

85

31.8%

Finance & Insurance

432

458

26

6.0%

Real Estate

200

189

-11

-5.5%

Professional and Technical Services

1,206

1349

143

11.9%

Management of Companies

100

97

-3

-3.0%

Administrative & Waste Services

1,097

1022

-75

-6.8%

Education

682

774

92

13.5%

Health & Social Assistance

1,862

1977

115

6.2%

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation

239

258

19

7.9%

Food & Accommodation

1,389

1367

-22

-1.6%

Other Services

1,003

935

-68

-6.8%

Public Administration

605

679

74

12.2%

Information Not Available

2,907

2,774

-133

-4.6%

 

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 August 15th rather than the week ending August 22nd.

Claimants by Gender

Claimants by gender

 

Claimants by gender

  
Claimants by Ethnicity
 

Claimants by ethnicity
Claimants by ethnicity


Claimants by Race
 

Claimants by race
Claimants by race

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 8-27-20

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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