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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 17.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsfield peaked in April 2020 at 17.8% and is now 0.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Massachusetts 16.6% +0.4 +13.7
Pittsfield 17.4% -0.4 +13.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2020 at 6,950. There are now 38 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 6,912 -38 +5,289

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 17.4%
May
2020
13.3% 16.6% 17.4% 6,912
April
2020
14.7% 16.2% 17.8% 6,950
March
2020
4.4% 2.8% 3.4% 1,435
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 3.4% 1,467
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 3.4% 1,474
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.3% 1,432
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.4% 1,463
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.5% 1,499
September
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.6% 1,538
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 3.7% 1,574

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.