Initial Unemployment Claims Rise in Massachusetts Last Week

by | Jul 30, 2020 | News, Headlines

According to the newest report from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, new unemployment claims rose while continued claims declined last week when compared to the previous week.

The newest report covers between Sunday, July 18, and Saturday, July 25.

Unemployment Insurance [UI]

The UI program is the traditional unemployment assistance program in Massachusetts. It provides assistance to residents who have become unemployed through no fault of their own.

Individuals filed 19,179 new claims for Unemployment Insurance in the week ending July 25. That is an increase of 1,025 when compared with the week ending July 17.

Continued UI claims decreased for the sixth week in a row, decreasing 8,235. That left 502,471 individuals who continue to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits.

From March 15 through July 25, residents of Massachusetts have filed 1,144,983 initial claims.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance [PUA]

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance [PUA] program extends benefits to workers who have lost their job but not traditionally eligible for UI. This includes gig workers and independent contractors.

Initial PUA claimed filed during the week ending July 25 increased by 2.,448 over the previous week. Massachusetts residents filed 14,850 initial PUA claims last week.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation [PEUC]

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program provides 13 weeks of additional benefits to individuals who had previously exhausted their unemployment benefit since July 2019.

Residents of Massachusetts filed 4,155 initial PEUC claims in the week ending July 25, 612 lower than the previous week.

Since the PEUC program began on May 21, 79,278 individuals have filed initial PEUC claims.


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