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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Pittsfield peaked in February 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Massachusetts 3.0% -0.1 -0.6
Pittsfield 3.5% -0.3 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 March 2010 at 4,177. There are now 2,631 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 1,546 -135 -329

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.5% 1,546
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 3.8% 1,681
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.9% 1,731
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.9% 1,731
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 4.0% 1,804
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 4.0% 1,798
August
2018
3.8% 3.3% 4.3% 1,919
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 4.3% 1,937
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 4.4% 1,949
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 4.4% 1,958
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.4% 1,926

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.