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Press Release Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data for the week ending 09-04-21

For immediate release:
9/09/2021
  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data for the week ending 09-04-21

Michele Campbell, Director of Communications

MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data

For the week ending September 4, Massachusetts had 5,712 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 221 claims from the previous week with most of the sectors showing increases. The larger increases were seen in: Construction, up 74 claims; Manufacturing, up 42; Food and Accommodation, up 42; and Public Administration, up 36 claims. Continued weeks claimed for week ending September 4 decreased by 2,659 from the previous week to 58,677 with the largest declines in Food and Accommodation, Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Professional and Technical Services.

For week ending September 4, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program had 6,140 initial claims filed, an increase of 2,565 claims from the previous week while PUA continued weeks claimed increased by 35,470 to 281,833.  The PUA benefits program ended on September 4, 2021.

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which was implemented on May 21, 2020, had 5,238 initial claims, up by 1,812 from the previous week.  Continued weeks claimed decreased by 7,593 to 177,019.  The PEUC program ended on September 4, 2021.

The federal/state Extended Benefits (EB) program which triggered off on July 17 had 55 initial claims filed and 43 continued weeks claimed.

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

 

 Initial Claims Filed

Industry

Week Ending 8/28

Week Ending 9/4

Change

% Change

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing
and Hunting

34

46

12

35.3%

Mining

3

1

-2

-66.7%

Utilities

19

11

-8

-42.1%

Construction

634

708

74

11.7%

Manufacturing

260

302

42

16.2%

Wholesale Trade

140

156

16

11.4%

Retail Trade

452

480

28

6.2%

Transportation and
Warehouse

352

247

-105

-29.8%

Information

79

88

9

11.4%

Finance and Insurance

171

154

-17

-9.9%

Real Estate

55

77

22

40.0%

Professional and
Technical Services

398

430

32

8.0%

Management of Companies

39

33

-6

-15.4%

Administrative and
Waste Services

399

420

21

5.3%

Education

176

164

-12

-6.8%

Health Care and
Social Assistance

600

623

23

3.8%

Arts, Entertainment and
Recreation

56

60

4

7.1%

Food and Accommodation

347

389

42

12.1%

Other Services

329

305

-24

-7.3%

Public Administration

146

182

36

24.7%

Information Not Available

802

829

27

3.4%

 

Initial Claims by Industry
Initial Claims by Industry
Industry Share CWC
Industry Share CWC - Table

 

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 28th rather than the week ending September 4th. All demographic information is presented as a percentage of claimants who responded, excluding claimants for whom the information was not available. 

Demographic Breakdowns

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 28th, 2021:

Regular UI Demographic Series
Regular UI Demographic Series
Regular UI Demographic Series

 

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 28th, 2021:

UI Extensions Demographic Series
UI Extensions Demographic Series
UI Extensions Demographic Series

 

PUA Demographic Series 

Here we present the breakdown by gender, ethnicity, and race of continued claims for the PUA program, which covers the self-employed and others not eligible for traditional unemployment insurance, between April 19th, 2020 and August 28th, 2021:

PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series
PUA Demographic Series

 

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data for the week ending 09-04-21

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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