New claims for Unemployment Insurance [UI] in Massachusetts were filed by 37,618 individuals during the week ending May 23, 2020, according to the Executive Office on Labor and Workforce Development.
That represents 463 fewer individuals filing new claims when compared to the prior week. During the week ending May 16, 2020, a total of 38,081 individuals filed new UI claims.
Since March 15, 2020, Massachusetts residents have filed 897,205 individuals new claims.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance [PUA] is a benefit that covers individuals that traditional UI does not cover, such as independent contractors. A total of 147,594 individual claims were filed during the week ending May 23, 2020.
Across Massachusetts, 518,796 individuals new claims have been filed for PUA since the program was implemented on April 20, 2020.
According to a report by WalletHub.com, 36 states saw a larger increase in unemployment claims than Massachusetts during the week ending May 16.
Thirty-one states have seen a larger increase in unemployment claims than Massachusetts since the start of 2020.
New claims have risen 1,762% in the state since the beginning of the year.