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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsfield peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Massachusetts 3.6% -0.1 +0.5
Pittsfield 4.5% -0.1 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, National

Pittsfield, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Pittsfield peaked in March 2010 at 4,204. There are now 2,263 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,518 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 423.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 1,941 -27 +366

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 4.5% 1,941
October
2017
4.1% 3.7% 4.6% 1,968
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 4.5% 1,949
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.7% 2,053
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.9% 2,112
June
2017
4.3% 4.3% 5.1% 2,210
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 5.2% 2,283
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.8% 2,101
March
2017
4.5% 3.6% 4.4% 1,914
February
2017
4.7% 3.4% 4.3% 1,868
January
2017
4.8% 3.2% 3.9% 1,656

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.