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Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Pittsfield fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 7.8%. 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 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Pittsfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Massachusetts 6.1% -0.3 -9.2
Pittsfield 7.8% -0.2 -8.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 3,791 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Pittsfield 3,217 -61 -3,331

Number of Unemployed Persons

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployment Rate
Pittsfield
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 6.1% 7.8% 3,217
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
September
2020
7.8% 8.9% 9.8% 3,948
August
2020
8.4% 9.3% 10.4% 4,129
July
2020
10.2% 9.8% 11.2% 4,356

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.