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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.7%. 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 January 2010 at 9.1% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Massachusetts 2.9% 0.0 -0.4
Pittsfield 3.7% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 February 2010 at 4,139. There are now 2,533 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,574 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 32.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 1,606 +32 -145

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.7% 1,606
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.6% 1,574
June
2019
3.7% 3.0% 3.7% 1,609
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.7% 1,608
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.6% 1,574
March
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.6% 1,597
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.7% 1,635
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 3.8% 1,680
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.9% 1,698
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.9% 1,691
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.8% 1,687

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.