There have been a total of 571,304 initial claims for unemployment since March 15 in Massachusetts, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
More than 100,000 people filed an initial claim for unemployment insurance in less than a week, with 102,828 people filing between April 5 to April 11, the release said.
These figures reflect a decrease of 26% from the previous week, as most people who were laid off due to coronavirus related work closures filed claims in the previous weeks, according to the release.
The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has paid unemployment compensation to 315,000 claimants, the release said.
To help deal with the increase in claims, nearly 800 employees have been added to DUA, according to the release.