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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data for the week ending 08-28-21

For immediate release:
9/02/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data for the week ending 08-28-21

Michele Campbell, Director of Communications

MassachusettsFor the week ending August 28, Massachusetts had 5,491 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), a decrease of 947 claims from the previous week with most of the sectors showing decreases. The larger decreases were seen in: Health Care and Social Assistance, down 156; Information Not Available (either lacking employer or industry information), down 149; Food and Accommodation, down 123; and Retail Trade, down 111 claims. Continued weeks claimed for week ending August 28 decreased by 778 from the previous week to 61,336 with the largest declines in Food and Accommodation, Health Care and Social Assistance, Administrative and Waste Services, and Other Services.

For week ending August 28, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 3,575 initial claims filed, an increase of 215 claims from the previous week while PUA continued weeks claimed increased by 6,405 to 246,363. The PUA benefits program will end on September 4, 2021.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which was implemented on May 21, 2020, had 3,426 initial claims, down by 516 from the previous week. Continued weeks claimed increased by 1,148 to 184,612. The PEUC program will end on September 4, 2021.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program which triggered off on July 17 had 58 initial claims filed and 44 continued weeks claimed.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) which provided an additional $300 a week on top of regular benefits will, also, end on September 4, 2021.

 

 Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 8/21

Week Ending 8/28

Change

% Change

         

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting

51

34

-17

-33.3%

Mining

9

3

-6

-66.7%

Utilities

12

19

7

58.3%

Construction

606

634

28

4.6%

Manufacturing

275

260

-15

-5.5%

Wholesale Trade

163

140

-23

-14.1%

Retail Trade

563

452

-111

-19.7%

Transportation and Warehouse

435

352

-83

-19.1%

Information

112

79

-33

-29.5%

Finance and Insurance

181

171

-10

-5.5%

Real Estate

64

55

-9

-14.1%

Professional and Technical Services

481

398

-83

-17.3%

Management of Companies

37

39

2

5.4%

Administrative and Waste Services

451

399

-52

-11.5%

Education

199

176

-23

-11.6%

Health Care and Social Assistance

756

600

-156

-20.6%

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

65

56

-9

-13.8%

Food and Accommodation

470

347

-123

-26.2%

Other Services

393

329

-64

-16.3%

Public Administration

164

146

-18

-11.0%

Information Not Available

951

802

-149

-15.7%

 

Initial Claims by Industry

 

Continued Weeks Claimed by industry

 

Industry share Continued week claims

 

Industry

 

Percent

Administrative & Waste

8.19%

All Other Industries

 

11.30%

Construction

 

8.89%

Education

 

3.59%

Food & Accommodation

8.11%

Government

 

3.91%

Health Care & Social Assistance

13.26%

Information Not Available

3.52%

Manufacturing

 

5.65%

Other Services

 

7.47%

Professional & Technical Services

7.36%

Retail Trade

 

9.77%

Transportation & Warehouse

8.99%

 

 

Demographic Breakdowns 

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 21st rather than the week ending August 28th. All demographic information is presented as a percentage of claimants who responded, excluding claimants for whom the information was not available. 

 

Continued Claims by Gender:

Continued Claims by gender

Continued Claims by Ethnicity:

Continued claims by industry

Continued Claims by Race:

Continued Claims by Race

 

Regular UI Demographic Series

Here we present the breakdown by gender, ethnicity, and race of continued claims for Regular UI between March 8th, 2020 and August 21st, 2021:

Gender for regular UI claimants

 

race for regular continued week UI claimaints

 

Ethnicity for Regular UI Continued Claimants

 

UI Extensions Demographic Series 

Here we present the breakdown by gender, ethnicity, and race of continued claims for the PEUC and EB programs, which cover the long term unemployed, between May 31st, 2020 and August 21st, 2021:

Gender for long-term UI Claimants

 

Ethnicity for long-term UI claimants

Race for long-term UI Claimants

 

 

PUA Demographic Series 

Gender for PUA Claimants

 

Gender for PUA Claimants

 

Race for PUA Claimants

 

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data for the week ending 08-28-21

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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