Press Release: 2020-07-31

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data July 2020

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data July 2020

MASSACHUSETTS — For the week ending July 25 Massachusetts had 19,179 individuals file an initial claim for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI), an increase of 1,025 over the previous week. Increases were widespread throughout all sectors. From March 15 to July 25, a total of 1,144,983 workers have filed an initial claim for regular UI.  For the sixth week in a row, continued UI claims at 502,471 were down 8,235 or 1.61 percent over the previous week. 

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) initial claims filed for the week ending July 25, at 14,850, were 2,448 more than the previous week. Since April 20, 2020, 691,298 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 July 18 to July 25, 4,155 PEUC initial claims were filed, 612 lower than the previous week, bringing the total of PEUC filings to 79,278 since implementation. 

Since March, the customer service staff at the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has grown from around 50 employees to over 2000. The remote customer service operation is now making over 35,000 individual contacts per day and DUA continues to host unemployment town halls – which have been held in English, Spanish, and Portuguese - and have been attended by around 400,000 constituents. 

The following tables are related to standard UI only. 

 

                  Initial Claims Filed 

Industry 

Week Ending 7/18 

Week Ending 7/25 

Change 

% Change 

     

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 

78 

73 

-5 

-6.4% 

Mining 

0.0% 

Utilities 

26 

19 

-7 

-26.9% 

Construction 

971 

1,030 

59 

6.1% 

Manufacturing 

1,530 

1,073 

-457 

-29.9% 

Wholesale Trade 

706 

627 

-79 

-11.2% 

Retail Trade 

1,678 

1,907 

229 

13.6% 

Transportation & Warehouse 

631 

519 

-112 

-17.7% 

Information 

333 

371 

38 

11.4% 

Finance & Insurance 

331 

368 

37 

11.2% 

Real Estate 

187 

182 

-5 

-2.7% 

Professional and Technical Services 

1,193 

1,230 

37 

3.1% 

Management of Companies 

127 

148 

21 

16.5% 

Administrative & Waste Services 

1,124 

1,329 

205 

18.2% 

Education 

874 

967 

93 

10.6% 

Health & Social Assistance 

2,038 

2,235 

197 

9.7% 

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 

320 

331 

11 

3.4% 

Food & Accommodation 

1,522 

1,674 

152 

10.0% 

Other Services 

1,115 

1,243 

128 

11.5% 

Public Administration 

885 

813 

-72 

-8.1% 

Information Not Available 

2,479 

3,034 

555 

22.4% 

 

 

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

 

 

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 July 18th rather than the week ending July 25th

 

Claimants by Gender 

 

Claimants by gender
Claimants by gender

 

Claimants by Ethnicity 

 

Claimants by ethnicity

 

Claimants by Race 

Claimants by race

 

Claimants by ethnicity