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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.9%. 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 19.1% and is now 14.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Massachusetts 4.1% -0.2 -2.2
Pittsfield 4.9% -0.3 -2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 7,332. There are now 5,330 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 2,002 -119 -1,178

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.9% 2,002
March
2022
3.6% 4.3% 5.2% 2,121
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 5.5% 2,284
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 5.9% 2,431
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 6.1% 2,533
November
2021
4.2% 4.8% 6.1% 2,522
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 6.1% 2,534
September
2021
4.7% 5.1% 6.4% 2,625
August
2021
5.2% 5.5% 6.7% 2,747
July
2021
5.4% 5.7% 7.0% 2,878
June
2021
5.9% 6.0% 7.3% 2,996

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.