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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2021 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsfield peaked in April 2020 at 18.5% and is now 11.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Massachusetts 5.0% +0.1 -4.3
Pittsfield 6.7% 0.0 -3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 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 April 2020 at 7,008. There are now 4,338 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,643 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 27.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 2,670 +27 -1,459

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 6.7% 2,670
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 6.7% 2,643
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 6.7% 2,657
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 6.7% 2,730
April
2021
6.1% 6.4% 8.0% 3,278
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 8.2% 3,372
February
2021
6.2% 7.0% 8.5% 3,486
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 8.7% 3,585
December
2020
6.7% 8.4% 9.0% 3,727
November
2020
6.7% 8.4% 9.1% 3,754
October
2020
6.9% 8.5% 9.4% 3,816

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.