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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsfield peaked in June 2020 at 18.3% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Massachusetts 6.7% -0.7 +3.9
Pittsfield 7.4% -0.8 +4.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 June 2020 at 7,492. There are now 4,518 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 2,974 -349 +1,511

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.7% 7.4% 2,974
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 8.2% 3,323
September
2020
7.8% 9.8% 10.4% 4,403
August
2020
8.4% 11.4% 12.7% 4,987
July
2020
10.2% 16.2% 17.9% 7,308
June
2020
11.1% 17.7% 18.3% 7,492
May
2020
13.3% 16.6% 17.4% 6,940
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.8% 3.4% 1,474

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.